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Episode 77 Tips for Having HIPAA Peace of Mind for Private Practitioners Part 2
Startup Nation, Meet:
Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC
Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC, is one of mental health’s top experts on technology and ethics. Roy is the Director of Person Centered Tech, an organization that provides continuing education, consulting and support services for mental health professionals around utilization of tech in their practices in an ethical and HIPAA compliant manner. Roy also has a private practice in which he specializes in providing counseling services to tech workers, “geeks” and startups. Roy was himself an independent web developer for many years before making the transition to a therapy private practice. He quickly found that the mental health profession needed expert guidance on technology topics. Roy founded Person Centered Tech in 2010 after helping answer a colleague’s questions about legal and ethical use of email. His research to answer that first question exposed him to the industry’s difficulties applying the HIPAA-mandated risk assessment perspective to issues of technology.
Since 2010, Roy has continuously worked to expand his understanding of his colleagues’ needs and stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving digital world. He’s also found the time to teach ethics at Portland State University, serve on the board of the Oregon Counseling Association and the Zur Institute Advisory Committee, consult with counselor licensing boards and individual therapists on issues relating to technology in therapy practice, as well as co-authoring or authoring 2 book chapters and contributing to numerous publications.
Roy’s combination of experience as a techie web developer and private practitioner give him a unique understanding from which to provide accessible and actionable guidance to mental health professionals seeking knowledge and direction on how to use tech in a legal and ethical way.
A few fun facts about Roy: he speaks Japanese and has an online therapy practice with clients in Japan; he loves “kittehs”; and fully embraces the use of emojis in text-based communications ;-).
Policies and Procedures – What are they? How do they apply? What should they say? Do they fully protect you?
Who gets audited by HIPAA?
a. What can lead to being audited by the OCR?
b. What is the process?
d. What should a clinician know, and what steps should they take, in the event of an audit?
HIPAA and online therapy: 3 Things Online Therapists Don’t Know about HIPAA
1. What you didn’t know about Business Associate Agreements and essential online therapy tools
2. Getting paid is easier than you think
3. Super simple ways you and remote clients can securely send any kind of document at any time
8. What are some of our favorite resources re: HIPAA compliancy?
Resources & Giveaways
HIPAA Investigation Repellant: Easy Ways to Prevent Most Security Breaches (1 CE hour course)
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What’s up #StartupNation!?! We’re so excited you’re here. In case you’re new to our community, I’m Dr. Kate Campbell, LMFT (on the right) and my business partner aka “BP” Katie Lemieux, LMFT is on the left.
We both built our thriving, 6-figure full-fee private practices from the ground up and love inspiring ambitious mental health professionals across the globe to brand themselves and grow their dream private practice!
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