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Vital Group Practice Update on Upcoming HIPAA Changes, Open Notes, and Recent HIPAA Enforcement, 2021 Edition

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It’s about time again to review what is happening in federal regulations which impact mental health professionals in the group practice setting!

1 CE Credit Hour

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Reviewing rules and regulations is not everyone’s favorite thing to do, but we try to make it interesting… if not fun.

 This presentation for Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psychologists who lead group practices will explore both recent actions and upcoming changes to federal rules, including HIPAA and the newly-minted Information Blocking Rule (aka “The Open Notes Rule.”) 

Proposed Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule

Information Blocking Rule

Also called “Open Notes”

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Recent HIPAA Enforcements

So, thank you for making HIPAA as fun as it can be!! Keep it up! I am thankful to have found PCT early in my practice and I am glad you guys are in my life :)

Jessica Hudson, M.A., CCC-SLP

Practical Approach with Tooled Solutions

Walk away feeling empowered to handle the upcoming HIPAA compliance changes.

 Attendees will receive a checklist of items to cover when preparing for HIPAA compliance and compliance with the Information Blocking (aka “Open Notes”) Rule.


Course Details

1 CE Credit Hour. Live. Interactive Seminar. Group Practice-Focused Content. Sponsored by Person Centered Tech, so registration is at no cost.

Title: Vital Group Practice Update on Upcoming HIPAA Changes, Open Notes, and Recent HIPAA Enforcement, 2021 Edition

Authors/Presenters: Roy Huggins, LPC NCC; Liath Dalton
CE Length: 1 CE hour
Legal-Ethical CE Hours: 1 legal-ethical CE hour 

Educational Objectives:

  • Describe how the proposed changes to HIPAA’s Privacy Rule will affect mental health standards of care around disclosing client information and providing releases of information
  • Prepare clinicians to comply with the Information Blocking rule while also preventing harm to clients
  • Describe the HIPAA Right of Access Initiative and other reasons for recent HIPAA enforcement actions
  • Create a plan for being able to demonstrate partial or full compliance with HIPAA


  1. Selected portions of proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule
    • Information sharing
    • Releases of information
  2. The Information Blocking, aka “Open Notes,” Rule
    • Relevance to clinical practice
    • How the rule will impact practices depending on the software tools they use
    • Resources for learning about research on Open Notes
  3. How to be HIPAA compliant and avoid enforcement actions
    • The most common reasons for HIPAA enforcement actions and how they are likely to show up in group mental health practices
    • How to be HIPAA compliant both individually and organizationally


    Vital Group Practice Update on Upcoming HIPAA Changes, Open Notes, and Recent HIPAA Enforcement, 2021 Edition
    Live CE Credit Hour Event

    There will be no recording, so plan to attend live.

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    Meet Our Presenters

    Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC with Liath Dalton 

    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.

    Liath Dalton is PCT’s deputy director and a co-owner. Liath is especially passionate about helping therapists be resourced and supported in navigating the security compliance process and identifying the solutions and processes that meet the particular needs of their practices. Liath’s consultation area of expertise is focused on selecting the right combination of services and tech that not only meet the legal-ethical needs of mental health practices, but also the functionality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness needs as well.

    Additional Information


    • Information Blocking and the ONC Health IT Certification Program: Extension of Compliance Dates and Timeframes in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, 85 FR 70064 (November 4, 2020) (to be codified at 45 CFR parts 170, 171)
    • US Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2006). HIPAA Administrative Simplification. Washington, DC: Author.
    • US Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2013). HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule. Washington, DC: Author.
    • US Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2020). Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement. Retrieved January 08, 2021, from

    Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: This program discusses strategies for complying with HIPAA, PCI DSS, and covered ethics codes. It may not include information on all applicable state laws. Misapplication of the materials, or errors in the materials, could result in data breaches or non-compliance with applicable laws or ethics codes.

    Conflicts of Interest: The presenters are co-owners of Person Centered Tech Inc., which is sponsoring this event.

    Commercial Support: Person Centered Tech Inc. is sponsoring this event and will give a brief commercial presentation during the break.



    This Event Has No Self Study. Sorry you missed it!

    However, we think you’d enjoy this related on-demand self study presentation:

    How We Need to Give Clients Access to Their Records, Now and in the Future

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    Self Study Course and Workshop on Rights Of Access

    Learn more about this self-study here

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