Credit/Debit Cards and Electronic Payments in Mental Health Private Practice: Regulatory and Ethical Issues
1 CE Hour. Guided Reading.
Developed and written by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC
Credit cards are becoming par for the course in private practice! Many clinicians know that clients love the convenience, but may be hazy on the legal and ethical issues involved.
How does HIPAA come in to keeping card information safe? Are those email receipts okay? Can I pass the fees on to the client? What the heck is PCI DSS and do I have to comply with it?
All of those essential questions around regulatory and ethical issues in taking plastic are addressed in this introductory-level guided reading written for counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and counseling and clinical psychologists.
Roy 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.
Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: The contents of this program are based primarily on publications from the federal the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), the US Department of Health and Human Services, publications from attorneys, and on the ethics codes of these professional organizations: AAMFT, ACA, APA, NASW, NBCC. 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, PCI DSS, and covered ethics codes, and for improving security of clients’ financial information. 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 presenter has no known conflicts of interest.
Commercial Support: This program has no commercial support.
Person 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.
Person 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.
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.