HIPAA Best Practices in Mental Health
In our most recent episode of Compliance Conversations, host CJ Wolf M.D. chatted with Brian Burton, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer for Healthicity, about HIPAA and the highly nuanced field of mental health.
HIPAA best practices in mental health and substance abuse require a certain sensitivity and care. Folks in treatment can be especially vulnerable, and in some cases, disclosing information can be life-saving. This is often where things can get a little complicated.
“For a mental health provider, I would hope that in your Notice of Privacy Practices, you would address the unique things that happen in mental health….” CJ Wolf, M.D.
The conversation covered a lot of ground. They spoke about HIPAA implications when mental health practitioners provide therapy to patients in a group setting where other patients and family members are present. They detailed when/if/how parents can access information about their minor child’s mental health treatment. And they explained how HIPAA protects mental health professionals to prevent harm which is tied into the often hidden realities of the Opioid epidemic.
Listen to this episode, “Compliance Conversations with CJ Wolf: The Gray Areas of HIPAA in Mental Health and Substance Abuse,” now or on your commute and learn:
- HIPAA Best Practices for Group Therapy
- Substance Abuse and HIPAA Rules for Alerting Family
- A Patient’s Right to Access in Psychotherapy Notes
- And More!
Interested in being a guest on the show? Email CJ directly here.