This is a very frequently asked question… can I use Skype? Is it HIPAA compliant?
If you practice in Texas, consider reading the entire Texas statute. (It's not nearly as long as HIPAA!) It’s notable for the way that it drastically expands the definition of Covered Entity.
OCR put out an “implementation standards” document in 2010, and those of you who are more tech-savvy than average will find it quite helpful.
Do you want lots more information about the Risk Assessment? Preferably straight from the US government? They have published several documents to help.
The HIPAA for Therapists training and website are designed to help you prevent breaches, not provide assistance if a breach has occurred. In those situations an attorney is the proper resource to provide guidance. However, the OCR’s website has some important information about a situation where a ‘loss’ of PHI is NOT considered a Breach.
The HIPAA for Therapists training and website are designed to help you prevent breaches, not provide guidance once one has occurred. If you have had a breach, contacting an attorney is recommended, but you can follow the link below for basic information about breaches and breach notification rules.
Want more information & even some reassurance about emailing your clients?
Can’t get enough information on Covered Entities? Still not sure if you are one (according to federal guidelines)?
Covered Entities, for our purposes, are all Healthcare providers who “conduct certain financial and administrative transactions electronically such as electronic billing, fund transfers, pre-authorization, statement of benefits,” etc.
Today is the day that we are all required to be fully in compliance with all of the "new" requirements of HIPAA.