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09-Jul-2019 - 09-Jul-2019

HIPAA and social media violations of HIPAA's privacy requirements.


This webinar provides an overview of core privacy requirements of HIPAA. Then, the subject moves to the social media activities of health care practitioners. This webinar provides a brief summary of those basic HIPAA privacy protections then goes into detail on the many ways a health care provider may run afoul of the privacy exceptions via the use of social media. This may occur both when a heath care practitioner initiates a social media comment and when the practitioner responds to a social media statement. A common pitfall is where current or former patients rate doctors on health care practitioner rating websites.

How does one respond and not violate the law? Can the doctor's informed consent or practice policy documentation with the patient cover this and prevent the patient from speaking out on social media about the doctor? This webinar will cover examples of state laws that apply to licensed health care professionals that mandate confidentiality and will further examine how health care professionals licenses can be suspended or revoked for privacy violations in the course of using social media. Finally, a look at how employment rules of the health care facility may impact the use of social media by the health care practitioner.

Why should you attend this webinar?

The basic provisions of privacy for protected health information are well known. They serve to protect health information of the patient from prying eyes, yet the rise of social media provides new avenues and ways for the unwary health care practitioner to violate HIPAA's privacy requirements.

Examine how health care facilities and employers may take action, and may be themselves liable, for HIPAA privacy violations in the uses of social media.
Erase the uncertainty and doubt that exists when the health care practitioner is confronted with a possible HIPAA privacy violation in the use and abuse of social media.

Find out in this informative webinar that provides you with a more complete knowledge of the HIPAA privacy mandates as enforced by state licensure boards and agencies and their own, unique Pre-HIPAA confidentiality laws.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • The basics of HIPAA privacy requirements;

  • The permitted use of social media by health care practitioners;

  • Employer or health care facility rules governing employee uses of social media;

  • State authority of licensure boards and agencies to regulate the confidentiality of Protected Health Information held by licensed health care practitioners;

  • How social media violations may occur by health care practitioners;

  • Examples of social media violations and HIPAA privacy mandates;

  • Social media rankings and health care practitioner's enticed violations;

  • Tips and techniques and a checklist for using social media in compliance with HIPAA.

Who can Benefit:

  • Health care attorneys

  • Corporate compliance officers in health care;

  • Records staff of medical offices and health care entities

  • Hospital attorneys

  • Health care practitioners who are covered entities

  • Licensed health care practitioners

State boards and agencies with jurisdiction over state licenses to practice a health care profession

  • Health care

  • Human resources

  • Hospitals

  • Medical offices

  • Health care facilities

  • Role/Designation:

  • Human resource department supervisors

  • Medical office staff


Mark worked as the assigned counsel to numerous health professions licensure boards as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Moving to private practice, he now helps private clients in a wide variety of contexts who are professionally licensed.




Phone: +1 302-828-0033