Results 1 to 4 of 4

HIPPA reg's

  1. #1
    Default HIPPA reg's
    Medical Coding Books
    Can anyone provide me a link to where it says that psychotherapy notes should be kept seperate from the rest of record? I know its a HIPPA thing, but can't find it on the site.

  2. #2
    North Carolina
    Under the final privacy rule, known as the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), psychotherapy notes are defined as an official record created for use by the mental health professional in "documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private counseling session ... separated from the rest of the individual's medical record."

    The regulations define psychotherapy notes as "notes recorded by a healthcare provider who is a mental health provider documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private counseling session that are separated from the rest of the individual's medical record."

  3. #3
    North Carolina

    Provider's Psychotherapy Notes
    You do not have the right to access a provider's psychotherapy notes. Psychotherapy notes are notes taken by a mental health professional during a conversation with the patient and kept separate from the patient's medical and billing records. The Privacy Rule also does not permit the provider to make most disclosures of psychotherapy notes about you without your authorization.

  4. #4
    A few questions
    1) What is considered the medical record for this info's purposes? Is it the chart that is used for the patient in the clinic? ( We are part of a huge organization with multiple specialties, so they might be a psych chart, maybe a cardiology, ortho, etc)

    2) We are on EMR. Providers document their visits and there is special security that limited people have access to. Are you saying that there should be 2 charts for each patient basically? One with psychotherapy notes in it and one chart with all other psych info?
    Or would my chart for the entire psych clinic be considered seperate because it is not accessible with the regular medical charts that we would use for them in FP, ortho, etc???

Similar Threads

  1. reg. DM
    By Meharaj Ahamad in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-09-2015, 03:10 AM
  2. CPT to ICD9 cross coding -reg
    By srisoundar in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-27-2013, 11:55 AM
  3. Medicare Reg for Contrast/Drug codes
    By mldcode in forum Medicare Regulations
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-02-2009, 09:06 AM
  4. Question reg. G0101
    By dan528i in forum OB/GYN
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-19-2009, 03:00 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.