HIPAA Investigation Repellent: Easy Ways to Prevent Most Security Breaches

Course Materials

HIPAA Investigation Repellent: Easy Ways to Prevent Most Security Breaches

1 CE Hour. Self-Study. Recorded Seminar.

Developed and presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC

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This is your pick-that-low-hanging-security-fruit, “I’m still working on compliance but need to stop the big problems now” course!

Stop those common breaches in their tracks!

After the Office of Civil Rights’ (The HIPAA People) announcement that they will start investigating small security breaches, we decided that a course on preventing those breaches was in order. This 1-hr introductory level course will not only tell counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and counseling and clinical psychologists the simplest and easiest things they can do to prevent breaches, it will also provide resources to help actually do them!

The course is a recording of our special webinar presentation. It includes a 1-hour video, with Q&A from the live attendees. It is in a lecture format with a handout.

In addition to the 1 CE hour and solid advice on plugging major security holes in your practice tech, this course also comes with access to six of our exclusive, premium access walkthrough videos that show you how to implement the advice from this course on your Windows or Mac computer, and on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet. All those devices are covered, and the videos are slow-paced, step-by-step walkthroughs that show you how to:

  • Encrypt your computer, phone, or tablet
  • Encrypt external stuff like USB thumb drives and external hard drives
  • Set stronger passwords on your phones and tablets
  • Activate the antivirus on your device
  • Activate the firewall on your device
  • Know when a WiFi network is safe and when it isn’t

1 CE Hour. Self-Study. Recorded Seminar.

Educational Objectives

  • Identify the most common causes of health care security and confidentiality breaches
  • Implement simple security measures to prevent the most common causes of health care security breaches
  • Describe the channels by which a HIPAA covered entity may come under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights


  1. How do HIPAA investigations get started?
  2. How to prevent security breaches involving you gear that holds on to information.
    1. Preventing breaches with easy-to-implement encryption.
    2. Which computers, smartphones and tablets work best with encryption.
  3. How to prevent security breaches in your cloud services.
    1. Using 2-factor authentication.
    2. Easy strategies for making very strong passwords that you can remember.
  4. How Business Associate Agreements prevent HIPAA investigations.

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Roy Huggins, LPC NCCRoy Huggins, LPC NCC, is a counselor in private practice who also directs Person-Centered Tech. Roy worked as a professional Web developer for 7 years before changing paths, and makes it his mission to grow clinicians’ understanding of the Internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of our practices and our professions.

Roy is an adjunct instructor at the Portland State University Counseling program where he teaches Ethics, and is a member of the Zur Institute advisory board. He has acted as a subject matter expert on HIPAA, security and clinical use of technology for Counseling licensure boards and both state and national mental health professional organizations. He has co-authored or authored 2 book chapters, and he routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice. He served for 5 years on the board of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association and then the Oregon Counseling Association as the Technology Committee Chair.

He really likes this stuff.

Program Notices

Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: The contents of this program are based primarily on publications and reports from the federal Department of Health and Human Services and reports from Verizon. Contents are also guided by statements from leadership in those organizations. Some interpretation and analysis presented is made by the presenter, in consultation with knowledgeable colleagues and expert consultants. Statements about applications to technology are according to presenter’s understanding of the technology at the time of the program. The presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every technology type or product. This program discusses strategies for complying with HIPAA and covered ethics codes, and for improving security. It may not include information on all applicable state laws. Misapplication of the materials, or errors in the materials, could result in security problems, data breaches, or non-compliance with applicable laws or ethics codes.

Conflicts of Interest: Program presenters have no known conflicts of interest.

Commercial Support: This program has no commercial support.

All events for this program will be subject to our cancellation/refund policy and complaint policy.

ACEP LogoPerson Centered Tech Incorporated is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech Incorporated maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACEP LogoPerson Centered Tech Incorporated has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6582. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Person Centered Tech Incorporated is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

State Approvals

Pre-approved by the Texas Social Work Board (#6357) and Texas Counseling Board (#1883)

Ohio CSWMFT Pre-Approved Provider #: RCST071601

Person Centered Tech Incorporated is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0540.

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