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Social Media and HIPAA Compliance: Protecting Your Practice in the Digital Age

02-26-2018 12:30 PM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: TeleMental Health Institute Inc.

23 February 2018, San Diego, CA - Using Facebook to attract new clients? Are your employees posting about their workday on Twitter? Did you know that such use of social media can lead to major HIPAA violations? Sharing of seemingly innocent comments or pictures can be a social media trolls dream come true. Especially now that smartphones and access to apps like Instagram and Snapchat are on the rise, more than ever, these violations have been making big headlines.The question becomes: How can your business use social media without violating HIPAA privacy and security requirements?

On March 26, 2018 from 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific, the Telebehavioral Health Institute will offer a webinar titled, “Social Media and HIPAA Compliance: Protecting Your Practice in the Digital Age.”

As President and CEO of the HIPAA Compliancy Group, Marc Haskelson, will be interviewed by Marlene M. Maheu, PhD, the Executive Director of Telebehavioral Health Institute. Haskelson will present this webinar to outline how social media use and HIPAA compliance can easily lead to common misunderstandings. He’ll help attendees identify how professionals and associated business can use social media without violating HIPAA privacy and security requirements. This information-packed, 1-hour program will be focused on helping clinicians protect their business by managing how employees use social media.

Marc Haskelson, President and CEO of Compliancy Group, will focus his 25 years experience and knowledge of compliance, technology, security, customer care, and payment processing on improving market inefficiencies to help healthcare professionals manage their social media use and HIPAA compliance states, "the benefits of social media use for marketing your behavioral health practice are undeniable. Increasing patient engagement and finding new clients has never been easier. But understanding exactly what you can and can't post can be the difference between growing your practice and being audited for a HIPAA violation. Find out actions you can take right now to start using social media to grow your practice and maintain the privacy and security of your patients' health information in our exclusive upcoming webinar."

Dr. Maheu, lead author on multiple telemental and telebehavioral health textbooks and the recently published telebehavioral health competencies by JTiBS, explains, “many professionals use social media to promote their practices every day, but most of them haven’t had the opportunity to consider how they might easily be in violation of privacy laws such as HIPAA.” She added, “In the webinar that we’ve arranged with Mr. Hakelson of the HIPAA Compliancy Group, healthcare professionals will get to hear the do’s and don’ts of how to use social media and HIPAA compliance. Marc is a pro at helping healthcare professionals quickly and easily change some very simple things to meet HIPAA’s rules. We are honored to have him join us.”

The Telebehavioral Health Institute Inc., is scheduled to host this 1-hour professional training update titled, “Social Media and HIPAA Compliance: Protecting Your Practice in the Digital Age.” The webinar will be broadcast Wednesday, March 26, 2018 from 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific. Attendees to this event may be eligible to receive 1 CE Hour for legal and ethical training from a majority of state boards requiring CE hours for licensure renewal. See CE Hour details here.

Learning Objectives:

List at least three ways to market on social media without violating HIPAA
Intelligently discuss how to avoid HIPAA breaches through improper disclosure on social media
Name at least two things to cover when training your staff or employees in the use of HIPAA compliant strategies to use social media
Identify at least four factors related to best practices for answering, addressing, and interacting with patients on social media
Describe at least one method for increasing patient engagement via social media without disclosing Protected Health Information (PHI)

Event Details:

Where: 100% Online
When: March 26th from 2pm-3pm Eastern (Also fully recorded and available 24/7 after the event for your convenience.)
What: Live & recorded event includes event access, presentation slides, and handout
Cost: $35 (includes 1-CE Hour)
Register: https://telehealth.org/webinar/social-media/

Dr. Marlene Maheu has written four textbooks in telebehavioral health and is recognized as one of the leading experts in U.S. and Canadian licensure for telepractice. She is the originator of the Online Clinical Practice Model (OCPM) for ethical telemental health, telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling and online therapy (telepractice). As a world-class leader in the telebehavioral health field, she offers practical strategies, straightforward solutions and the hands-on wisdom that only develops through time and focus. When you attend this webinar, you’ll sense her passion, good humor and wisdom about how you can immediately start leveraging the power of the technology to reach more people, improve your profits and reduce your overhead.

This program is relevant to:
Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists
Speech Therapists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Behavioral Analysts, Addictions Professionals
CEOs, COOs, Administrators, Billing & Coding Staff

The Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. (TBHI) specializes in behavioral telehealth startup consultation, professional training and staffing. TMHI is dedicated to providing support for planning, launching and thriving with telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy, and behavioral telehealth and mhealth. TBHI’s team of experienced consultants can help with planning, reimbursement, technology choices, legal and ethical risk management and staff development/placement. Job opportunities are also being developed for enterprising trainees who want to work with known employers using legal, ethical and evidence-based models. TBHI also consults with start-up technology companies seeking to develop new verticals in the behavioral health space. Contact: http://telehealth.org/contact.

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