ETHICS: HIPAA for Counselors

This course counts as 5 continuing education hours.

Do you bill insurance companies for counseling services you provide?  This course translates the HIPAA law into application for working counselors.  HIPAA for Counselors includes recent updates to HIPAA law, including detailed applications of the Privacy and Security Rules.  If you bill insurance companies for services, this training pertains to your practice.

Course Activities:
Lessons 1-5 with Practice Quizzes, which includes six course readings and course text on applications specific to counselors
Course Reading 1:  Covered Entity Charts: Guidance on whether an organization or individual is a covered entity under the Administrative Simplification Provisions of HIPAA
Course Reading 2:  Summary of the Privacy Rule
Course Reading 3:  HIPAA Privacy Rule and Sharing Information Related to Mental Health
Course Reading 4:  HIPAA Security Series 7, Security Standards: Implementation for the Small Provider
Course Reading 5:  Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information
Course Reading 6:  Model Notices of Privacy Practices

Educational Objectives:
Participants will correctly identify the definition of a covered entity covered by HIPAA law
Participants will demonstrate application of HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule as it pertains to the work of counselors
Participants will demonstrate knowledge of what covered entities need to do to remain compliant with HIPAA law

Target Audience:  Certified counselors who bill insurance companies for services

Format:  Online self-study

Instructor:  Valerie Evans, Ph.D.

General Statement  accessCEU is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirement. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

This accessCEU course is based on primary documentation from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was neither developed nor endorsed by HHS.


Course Instructions: Read the material in Lesson 1 and take the practice quiz at the bottom of the page. After you have answered the two practice questions, move on to Lessons 2-5. When Lesson 5 is complete, take the final quiz until an 80% correct is achieved. Your certificate of course completion will be generated automatically.

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Look for the laptop with books displayed for course reading documents. A button will be displayed with a link to more reading. All readings are from .gov sources and pertain to the implementation of HIPAA.

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