HIPAA and New Jersey Privacy Law: Basic Compliance for Psychologists

Presented by Bradley K. Steinbrecher, JD. Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, APA
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Pines Manor
2085 Route 27
Edison, NJ 08817

3 CE Credits Available 

Registration Fee includes Continental Breakfast: 

NJPA Member: $90 | NJPA Sustaining Member: $76.50 | NJPA Student Member: $45 | Non-Member: $180 NJPA ECP: $67.50 

Registration Policies: On–Site Registration fees will increase by $20. Refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted until October 5, 2019. No refunds after October 5, 2019.

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Program Schedule:
• 9:00 - 9:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
• 9:30-12:45 PM Program (3 CE Credits, includes a 15 minute Break)
• 12:45 PM Program Conclusion

Program Description:
As practicing health care providers, psychologists face a variety of legal and regulatory challenges. Complying with HIPAA and state confidentiality laws is one of the most complex and pervasive of these challenges. This workshop will provide attendees with a basic overview of HIPAA and HIPAA compliance, relevant New Jersey patient confidentiality laws, and the interaction between these federal and state legal frameworks.

Brad Steinbrecher is Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs with the American Psychological Association's Practice Directorate.  Mr. Steinbrecher works with APA colleagues, APA members, and outside stakeholders to develop and implement strategies in response to relevant federal and state legal developments in order to achieve optimal psychologist participation in the healthcare field and increased patient access to psychological services.

Topics discussed will include:
● What are some common HIPAA “myths” and misconceptions?
● Who must comply with HIPAA?
● What information does HIPAA require a psychologist to give a patient at the outset of the relationship?
● When does HIPAA require written authorization to disclose patient information? When does it not?
● What are some NJ-specific exceptions to patient confidentiality?
● What does HIPAA require if a psychologist is storing patient information electronically?
● What must be done in the event of a “breach”? For example, if a laptop or smart phone containing patient files is lost or stolen

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in thoughtful discussion. Psychologists should leave the workshop with a better understanding of their obligations under HIPAA and New Jersey confidentiality laws, and an improved ability to provide good care to their patients in a compliant manner. 

Please share (via the link below) your HIPAA questions for consideration.


Learning Objectives:
1. List the types of entities who must comply with HIPAA.
2. Describe the most important obligations the HIPAA Privacy Rule places on practicing psychologists.
3. Determine when written authorization is required to disclose patient information.
4. Describe the main rights provided to patients under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
5. List three important state-specific exceptions to patient confidentiality.
6. Determine when a psychologist must use a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement.
7. Describe the HIPAA Security Rule and the main obligations it places on practicing psychologists.
8. Describe the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule and its most important requirements.
9. List some resources available to help with HIPAA compliance issues.

Target Audience: Psychologists

Program Level: Introductory: No prior knowledge of the specific content is required.

The presenter does not have any commercial support and/ or conflict for interest for this program.

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NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.

ADA accommodations available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact [email protected] for more details.