EHR and practice management for mental / behavioral health

HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), was enacted in 1996. It protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lost their jobs. It requires the creation of nationwide standards for electronic health record transactions, and it seeks to protect the privacy and security of health data. 

Because it affects every realm of the medical field, mental & behavioral health care providers must maintain HIPAA compliance, which has become more complex with the advanced use of technology and electronic data transmission. In early 2013, a 563 page Omnibus Rule HIPAA amendment was released, effective March 26 and requiring compliance by September 23, 2013. 

We focus on how HIPAA affects mental / behavioral health and substance usage providers.

(Disclaimer: Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each practice to ensure HIPAA compliance, including the 2013 Omnibus revisions. PIMSY EMR/SMIS has gathered information from various resources believed to be authorities in their field. However, neither PIMSY EMR/SMIS nor the authors warrant that the information is in every respect accurate and/or complete. PIMSY EMR/SMIS assumes no responsibility for use of the information provided. Neither PIMSY EMR/SMIS nor the authors shall be responsible for, and expressly disclaim liability for, damages of any kind arising out of the use of, reference to, or reliance on, the content of these educational materials. These materials are for informational purposes only. PIMSY EMR/SMIS does not provide medical, legal, financial or other professional advice and readers are encouraged to consult a professional advisor for such advice.)

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Are Your Mobile Devices HIPAA Compliant?

by Donna Koger, 2.21.17 Okay, so we’ve told you about encryption on computers, but what about mobile devices like iPads, iPhones and Androids? Can you encrypt these so that PHI on them is not accessible by anyone but you? The answer is yes and it is actually quite simple in most cases. Encryption...

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Encryption: What Are You Waiting For?

by Donna Koger, 1.26.17 No, seriously, what is keeping you from complete HIPAA compliance? Are you afraid it will cost too much and take up too much of your time? Do you know it’s not that difficult to be fully compliant – and it is very important for your survival as a business? Data Encryption...

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PIMSY behavioral health EHR shares HIPAA misinformation - and facts

HIPAA Misinformation

by Donna Koger, 2.11.17 The Plain HIPAA Facts How do you know what is true and what is false in the HIPAA world? Many people have been confused about HIPAA information that could interfere with their total compliance. Here are five samples of compliance misinformation: 1. Over & Out Compliance...

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PIMSY behavioral health software shares details about the required HIPAA disaster recovery plan

Disaster Backup Plan: Are You Prepared?

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 9.14.16 The recent hurricane got us thinking: what’s your disaster backup plan? The HIPAA Security Rule requires all Covered Entities (CEs) to draft a disaster recovery plan, by service definition, that includes what measures your practice will take in case of a natural disaster....

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PIMSY mental health practice management software shares part 8 of HIPAA 2016 series: All About That BAA

2016 HIPAA Audits Part 8: All About That BAA

by Donna Koger, 7.19.16 Business Associate Agreement – Not Just Another Document Did you know there have been $6 million in HIPAA Fines levied so far this year for lack of Business Associate Agreement (BAA) documents? To avoid this type of HIPAA fine, you may need to do some inventory in your...

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HIPAA Privacy Statements: Are You Compliant?

by Donna Koger, 6.13.16 Most of you are probably aware that HIPAA requires your health organization provide a Privacy Statement or Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) to all your patients. However, many of you are probably using an outdated version of this document that doesn’t measure up to the most...

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