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  • 1.  Behavioral Health Records

    Posted 10-12-2022 12:52 PM
    Hi there,

    I work for a physicians office and we are bringing on a behavioral health provider. I know psychotherapy notes have restrictions when it comes to releasing of records .What safeguards do you have in place that protects such records as these? Our current EMR system doesn't have a place to restrict such records so curious as to how others work with this situation,.

    Thanks,
    Stacy

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    Stacy Young
    Phoenix, AZ
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  • 2.  RE: Behavioral Health Records

    Posted 10-12-2022 05:08 PM
    Hi Stacy,
    I think you need to review the HIPAA definition of Psychotherapy Notes, they are very often confused with Progress Notes, treatment notes, etc.. By definition they would not be a part of your record/EHR.

    Best regards

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    David Rothery, CHC, AWI-CH
    Privacy Consultant
    CA


    These are my personal opinions .
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