New Mental and Behavioral NOPP in Premium Member Section: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

JonTomesSome of our mental and behavioral health practitioner clients had asked for a sample notice of privacy practices (“NOPP”) that incorporates the special, more stringent requirements for privacy of mental and behavioral health protected health information (“PHI”), so I drafted one. It is now available in the Premium Member section of the Veterans Press website, marked by a little red “new” flag.

Please remember that it is just a sample, a starting point for you to develop a NOPP that reflects your practice and your particular state’s law in regard to mental and behavioral health PHI.

Again, as a reminder, if you bought the HIPAA Compliance Library that includes my 5th or now 6th edition of the Compliance Guide to HIPAA and the DHHS Regulations, you received with it a one-year free subscription to the Premium Member section. If you need help setting up your account to access the Premium Member section or want to arrange to buy a one-year subscription, please call our marketing director, Patrick R. Head II, toll-free at 855-341-8783 or email him at

Also, if you are a Kansas mental and behavioral health practitioner and need continuing education before the end of this year, consider attending one of the PESI seminars that my business partner, Richard D. Dvorak, will be presenting in Wichita, Topeka, and Overland Park the first week in December on “Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental and Behavioral Health in Kansas,” which will include discussions of HIPAA issues.

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