Hi, this is David Kats for Therapist Consultants, and I have a tip for you.
Everybody has to be HIPAA compliant. When I give seminars, sometimes I'm amazed and sometimes terrified at how many therapists don't have good HIPAA compliance. I want to talk to you about four forms that are very basic that'll help you gain HIPAA compliance. Now they won't assure HIPAA compliance, but they'll help you gain HIPAA compliance.
The first one is the use of a single-page form, and that is the acknowledgement of receipt of privacy practices. That's the first form you hand them when they walk in the door, they fill out that HIPAA form, and I'm sure that most all of you are doing that, but if there's somebody listening to this is not having them fill out a HIPAA form on the first day, you are absolutely not HIPAA compliant so you've got to do it immediately.
Form number 3 is now about five or six pages long. It's a business associate agreement. Any business you have that associates with you, that has the opportunity to see any of your patients' information, has to sign a business associate agreement. Now there are few exceptions. I'll give you those a little later. If you have somebody working on your computer, and they may see your patient data, then you have to have them sign a business associate form. If you have somebody on that does commercial mailing for you on a mailing list, they see all the patients' names, they have to sign it. People that work on your website may see certain things and they have to sign it. You have to have all your people that are businesses, that could see your patient information, they have to sign a business associate form. It's about four or five pages long. Just have them sign it and put it in the back of your HIPAA manual, which leads me to the fourth form.
Thanks for listening.
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