Protecting Patients' Privacy

Safeguarding patient privacy is one of the most important challenges facing addiction treatment providers. Mistakes can be costly. Violations of federal law can cost millions of dollars and result in jail time where there is willful misconduct. Violations of state privacy laws may also carry heavy fines and penalties, including imprisonment in certain circumstances. Furthermore, many states allow for a private right of action for a patient to sue an organization that has inappropriately disclosed his or her personal information. You could be found liable for the actions of your employees. You could also lose your license or credentials to operate.
 
HIPAA compliance may not be enough! Patient privacy is an area of law where there are overlapping rules and regulations at both the federal and state levels . There are stringent protections in the federal regulations for the substance abuse records maintained by many types of providers. There are also state laws and licensing guidelines that mandate certain privacy protections. Is your organization complying with all its requirements?
 
To help you answer that question, AATA is excited to roll out updated FAQs that address these patient privacy matters in greater depth, as well as expanded sample employee confidentiality agreements for you to review and revise with your legal counsel and compliance staff . These new materials are a great jumping off point for working with your own legal counsel, privacy personnel, and compliance teams to ensure you are properly protecting patient privacy.

FAQs found HERE . Click on your state and then program type.
Additional Membership Resources
Certificate in Addiction Treatment Marketing (C-ATM)
The C-ATM is a comprehensive program of study, addressing the most important topics with which new and experienced addiction treatment marketers should be familiar. The program is offered fully online, allowing participants on-demand 24-7 access, so they can learn at their own pace, conveniently from their computers, tablets, or smartphones.

Career Center
The American Addiction Treatment Association is the best resource to recruit high-quality professionals in our industry. Posting your open jobs on American Addiction Treatment Association will ensure you're getting exposure to the right candidates.

Patient Financial Responsibility Toolkit
The recommendations and resources in the toolkit provide a series of model instructions on how patient financial responsibility should be handled. Teaching staff and implementing the additional forms and resources into a program will only help addiction treatment programs to be compliant and have better outcomes.

Exclusive Insurance Program for Addiction Treatment Providers
The American Addiction Treatment Association has teamed up with Insurance Office of America (IOA) and Addiction Treatment Providers Insurance Program (ATP) to offer AATA members and affiliates access to the most comprehensive insurance program available in the U.S.

DON'T MISS: Legal and Financial Implications of Inadequate Clinical Documentation
Join the American Addiction Treatment Association for a seminar in Los Angeles on December 6 on Legal and Financial Implications of Inadequate Clinical Documentation. The panel will be discussing what is at stake when your clinical documentation is inadequate, and will empower you and your treatment facility to implement changes to your documentation processes now in order to avoid costly investigations in the future.