FERPA/HIPAA Compliance in the Early Intervention Setting
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Course intent: To provide speech language pathologists & occupational therapists, as well as other early intervention providers with the legal, ethical, programmatic and professional background to understand the relevant issues regarding FERPA & HIPAA compliance so as enable them to practice early intervention in a manner that is ethically compliant with the mandates of federal and state early intervention regulations.
Relevance to occupational, speech language pathology, physical therapy & other early intervention providers: Aforementioned disciplines therapists and other early intervention providers treating children between the ages of 0-3 in the early intervention setting may be legally liable for errors and malfeasance for non-compliance of procedures, and must practice in accordance to standards of conduct required of early intervention providers.
Provider will be able to: Identify the meaning and purposed of child-sensitive information within the early intervention setting and how to incorporate these standards into your professional practice.
Provider will be able to: Identify how child sensitive data must be protected, how it may be released for viewing by the guardian or other third party, and what types of documentation and criteria must be met to specify particularly sensitive data such as HIV status, and the like.
Provider will be able to: Identify each providers obligation to protect and store child-sensitive data with appropriate safeguarding, including both paper and digital data, and the transmission of digital data as well as protection of hardware.
Provider will be able to: Identify the ethical constraints and professional obligations imperative to early intervention professionals with respect to both HIPAA & FERPA
Provider will be able to: identify practical situations via examples of real/hypothetical situations; understand the theoretical basis for decision making as well as legal standards of behavior consistent with the Texas (and other State board) Practice Acts & APTA code of ethics for professional conduct.
Speech Language Pathology Classification Code:
Target Audience: Speech Language Pathologists, Speech teachers and Audiologists. Occupational Therapists, COTA, PT, PTA, Special Education, Social Work
Course Level: Introductory & Intermediate; Individual
Course Content: Regulatory compliance 7025; Related
AOTA Classification Codes:
Contemporary Issues & trends
Evidence Based Practice
Globalization of Profession
Professional Development & Continued Competency - Introductory