Chirsty’s Corner – What is HIPAA???

HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The primary goal of the law is to make it easier for people to keep health insurance, protect the confidentiality and security of healthcare information and help the healthcare industry control administrative costs.

Basic rules we all should be following:

If you are using electronic equipment for work such as a cell phone, lap top and or PC, please make sure to have passcodes on all devices.

  • When travelling with your laptop, best place to leave electronic equipment in your car is your trunk.
  • When storing client phone numbers in your cell phone, use abbreviations (first name and list initial) – do not use entire name.
  • Do not discuss client details with anyone other than your supervisor and do so in a private room.
  • Never give client names to friends and or family.
  • Always debrief with parent (when in the office) in a private room and not in the reception/waiting room or while you are walking down the hall.
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