December 13, 2019
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6 CE Credits (including ethics)
Hampton Inn by Hilton
43 Lower Mountain View Drive
Specal Winter Pricing: $100 ($50 for students)
Co-Sponsor: Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association
The HHS Office of Civil Rights will present HIPAA 101- a walkthrough of its compliance efforts, including an overview of data, approaches and settlement agreements to train professionals on HIPAA basics. It will specifically address sharing information related to mental health.
Vermont attorney Shireen Hart will present "HIPAA in the Context of Practice and Vermont Law," addressing HIPPA and Vermont law in the context of patient privacy concerns impacting psychologists and other mental health care professionals.
An afternoon panel discussion will allow participants to consider case studies, address questions about HIPAA and Vermont law, and analyze complex or unusual events that trigger HIPAA and Vermont law considerations.
Objectives: By the end of the program participants will be able to:
Susan Pezzullo Rhodes serves as Regional Manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, New England. She has been with OCR since 2001 in various positions, and currently manages a comprehensive program of technical assistance and enforcement to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations and federal civil rights regulations through the six New England states. She provides leadership, sets regional priorities, and coordinates and directs all of the regional office’s enforcement, outreach and technical assistance/ public education activities. Susan holds a J.D. from City University of New York School of Law and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from the University of Massachusetts. Susan also holds certificates in communications and leadership and has received numerous honors for her leadership, including the prestigious Office for Civil Rights Director’s Awards for leadership and teamwork, and the U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director’s Award for Partnership and Collaboration.
Shireen T. Hart, Esq. is a shareholder and director of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC. Shireen has more than 19 years’ experience providing regular counsel to hospitals, long-term care facilities, community mental health agencies, pharmacies, laboratories, individual providers, and healthcare-related vendors on a broad range of federal and state compliance matters. She frequently appears before state professional licensing boards in representing individual providers who are the subject of a licensing investigation. Shireen’s strong statewide connections and effectiveness working with other attorneys and state personnel create a favorable environment in which to deliver positive results for the firm’s healthcare clients.
Brad Steinbrecher, J.D., is Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs with the American Psychological Association’s Practice Directorate. His work touches on a range of issues, including HIPAA and state privacy laws, the Medicaid program, and healthcare reform legislation. Before joining the APA in 2014, Mr. Steinbrecher worked with law firms in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., representing clients in intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and general business matters.
J.P. Hayden, M.A., is a private practitioner in Stowe, Vermont, and is CEO of Closure LLC, providing professional wills and clinically competent death notifications for private practitioners. JP spent almost 20 years in various roles in public service including and has taught graduate counseling courses for 15 years. She helped to implement an active-treatment model for psycho-social rehabilitation, and was Chief of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, at the Vermont State Hospital before moving to the Department of Mental Health in Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, overseeing CRT and Emergency Services for the Vermont designated agencies. She is now in full-time private practice in Stowe.
Milton J. Marasch, Ph.D. is a psychologist-doctorate in private practice in Shelburne who has served the Vermont Psychological Association as the insurance chair since 2007, and as past Federal Advocacy Coordinator. He has consulted with, and to, the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (now APA Services Inc.) on state regulatory issues regarding the forthcoming HIPAA Smart product. In these roles, he has assisted members in questions regarding government insurances, commercial insurances, and government regulations as they apply to practice. He is presently the Vermont representative to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives.
Conference Schedule: Check-in is at 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. HIPAA 101
11:00 a.m. Break (15 minutes)
11:15 a.m. HIPAA in the Context of Practice and Vermont Law
12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m. Program continues
1:45 p.m. Panel discussion and Q&A
2:45 p.m. Break (15 minutes)
4:30 p.m. Program Ends
The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Vermont Psychological Association maintains responsibility for its programs and their content.
The Vermont Psychological Association is also pre-approved by the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners and the Office of Professional Regulation to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSW). Licensed mental health counselors (LCMHC) and licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) may receive approval for this course from the Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health.