HIPAA and Social Media Violations of HIPAA’s Privacy Requirements
Mark worked as the assigned counsel to numerous health professions licensure boards as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Moving to private practice, he now helps private clients in a wide variety of contexts who are professionally licensed. Mark became interested in the law when he graduated with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta. He then earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. In 1995, Mark became an Assistant Attorney General and focused in the area of administrative and professional law where he represented multiple boards as General Counsel and Prosecuting Attorney. Mark is a frequent participant in continuing education and has been a presenter of over thirty national and state organizations and private companies, including webinars and in-person seminars. National and state organizations include the Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, and the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute.
This webinar provides an overview of core privacy requirements of HIPAA. Then, the subject moves to the social media activities of healthcare practitioners. This webinar provides a brief summary of those basic HIPAA privacy protections then goes into detail on the many ways a health care provider may run afoul of the privacy exceptions via the use of social media. This may occur both when a healthcare practitioner initiates a social media comment and when the practitioner responds to a social media statement. A common pitfall is where current or former patients rate doctors on health care practitioner rating websites.
How does one respond and not violate the law? Can the doctor’s informed consent or practice policy documentation with the patient cover this and prevent the patient from speaking out on social media about the doctor? This webinar will cover examples of state laws that apply to licensed health care professionals that mandate confidentiality and will further examine how healthcare professionals’ licenses can be suspended or revoked for privacy violations in the course of using social media. Finally, a look at how the employment rules of the healthcare facility may impact the use of social media by the healthcare practitioner.
HIPAA and patient confidentiality for the healthcare professional
- The basics of HIPAA privacy requirements
- The permitted use of social media by healthcare practitioners
- Employer or health care facility rules governing employee use of social media
- State authority of licensure boards and agencies to regulate the confidentiality of Protected Health Information held by licensed healthcare practitioners
- How social media violations may occur among healthcare practitioners
- Examples of social media violations and HIPAA privacy mandates
- Social media rankings and health care practitioner’s enticed violations
- Tips and techniques and a checklist for using social media in compliance with HIPAA
Who Should Attend
Health care attorneys; corporate compliance officers in health care; medical records staff of medical offices and healthcare entities; hospital attorneys; healthcare practitioners who are covered entities; law enforcement officers in healthcare compliance; state boards and agencies with jurisdiction over state licenses to practice a health care profession.