Creating HIPAA Compliant Forms for Clinical Practice
Date : 21 March 2019
Time : 01 : 00 PM EST
Duration : 60 Minutes

Howard Baumgarten is a Licensed Professional Counselor, author, consultant, speaker, wellness and small business-training expert, and owner of a successful mental health private practice in Lakewood, Colorado.

He is the founder of Smart Practice Central, a healthcare business-building platform that values intelligent, ethical, and clinically minded practice development, and provides clinical practice business consultation and training to private practices and healthcare agencies.  

Howard has lectured throughout the country on the integration of mental health and business, focusing on practice development, working within managed care systems and the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on mental health care. He is the author of Private Practice Essentials: Business Tools for Mental Health Professionals, a guide to starting and successfully managing mental health practice.  

In 2003, he developed and implemented the first practice building business curriculum in a graduate level-counseling program in the country at the University of Colorado, where he taught this curriculum for twelve years.  

He is the former Director of Network Relations for Westside Behavioral Care, Inc., a clinical group practice he helped build into one of Colorado’s largest outpatient behavioral health practices.  

Howard routinely consults and trains businesses and organizations across a variety of industries in areas including managing stress, building resilience, creating work/life balance, burnout prevention, and other wellness related topics.

This training focuses on basic HIPAA Compliance training revolving mostly around Title II of HIPAA, Administrative Simplification. Participants will learn broadly about the enactment of the Healthcare Information Portability and Accountability Act and modifications and changes since the Act was established in 1996. Specific attention is paid to creating and maintaining properly printed and/or digital patient forms, how to disseminate this information with appropriate written and oral disclosure, and how 3rd party information is shared with sensitivity around information sharing, patient privacy and securing medical records.

Numerous methods for creating and maintaining secure systems for protecting documented information are explored. In addition, participants will learn when and how information can be safely and securely shared with third parties, in a manner in which privacy is protected and clinicians are protected through providing the accurate written and signed paperwork.  

Specific attention will be paid to how digital communication is growing and changing the way the healthcare industry does business with regard to storing information and sending and receiving forms securely. From electronic medical record to securing email communication, practitioners share growing concerns about creating the right forms with the right information, while protecting sensitive medical information about their patients. Is it enough to simply create forms that comply with a law, or are there ways to create forms that show the increased patient and clinician protection, and serve to better fit your unique healthcare discipline along with practicing at a higher standard? Answers to this question and others relating to forms and communicating practice standards revolving around privacy can be found in this training program.

The Healthcare Insurance Portability & Accountability Act was enacted in 1996 in large part to provide privacy of data and security provisions for keeping patient medical information safe. Over the years since the law came into effect, there have been numerous changes in the healthcare industry impacting this law, with impacts in how forms, documentation and file storage should be addressed to protect patient privacy.

Areas Covered

  • Introduction
  • The Original Legislation (1996)
  • Title II – Administrative Simplification
  • Legislation Updates & Modifications
  • Practitioner Liability with HIPAA Forms
  • 3 Important Written Protections
    o    Patient Rights Form
    o    A release of Information Form
    o    Collaterals Form
    o    Securing Medical Records
  • Verbal Communication of Basic Protections
    o    Informed Consent
    o    Guideline Transparency & Education
  • Releasing Information to 3Rd Parties
    o    The ROI Form
    o    Collaterals in Treatment
  • HIPAA Forms in the Digital Age
    o    Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
    o    Secure Communications of Forms
    o    Social Media & Patient Privacy Form
  • Legal Consultation
  • Summary

Course Level - Basic

Who Should Attend

All healthcare service professions:

  • Doctors, Nurses, Mental Health Practitioners, Healthcare Technicians, Occupational and Speech Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Physical Therapists, Nutritionists, Chiropractors, Other Health Care Specialty Providers
  • Healthcare managers, administrators, records specialists, and coordinators will benefit immensely

Why Should Attend

Protecting patient privacy is paramount in the health care industry. While HIPAA compliance training may often be thought of as a necessary part of any clinical healthcare practice, many providers know only the bare minimum of what must be done to protect patient privacy. Now more than ever this task alone is complex and layered, with new additions, regulations, and especially platforms in which patient privacy is impacted. HIPAA compliant patient forms are the essential backbone of communication with the patient regarding privacy law and guidelines within the healthcare industry. With increasing methods of digital communication, providers need to know how best to create and maintain forms that accurately describe patient privacy rights, protections, as well as understand the rules around third party communications. Without this important knowledge, individual providers and health care agencies alike run a large risk of critically violating one of the most significant healthcare laws on record, not to mention the relevance patient confidentiality alone possesses as a simple standard of practice. Whether you have participated in formal HIPAA Compliance training in the past or this is your first HIPAA training, the information in this seminar will assist you in creating forms that are necessary and align with federal patient privacy law, as well as forms which help you the practitioner practice at standards which are higher than simply following the HIPAA mandate.

  • $149.00