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Pennsylvania Department of State Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology
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June 2012 www.dos.state.pa.us

June 20(at noon)-21, 2012
July 23-24, 2012
Sept. 24, 2012
Nov. 5-6, 2012
Dec. 17, 2012
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                        Professional Record Keeping, Part II
                       Salvatore S. Cullari, Ph.D., Chairperson

In the previous article entitled Professional Record Keeping, Part I, we discussed some general requirements concerning record keeping.  In this article, we will further consider the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and the release of client records.

By now every licensed psychologist in the state has heard about HIPAA and is aware of its requirements. Briefly, HIPAA was signed into law in 1996, and its provisions became largely effective between the years of 2003 and 2005.  The original goal of HIPAA was to protect people with preexisting conditions from losing health insurance when they changed jobs and to standardize electronic billing and filing. It applies to health care providers, including psychologists, insurance companies, health care clearing houses and other entities. Although there may be a very small minority of licensed psychologists who may be exempt from HIPAA, it is currently considered to be the standard of care, and thus its provisions should be followed.

HIPAA does not apply to correctional facilities, employment records, most educational records, life or disability insurance, Workers Compensation or Social Security Disability. In addition, state laws that are more restrictive of privacy for the client will supersede HIPAA.  In Pennsylvania, these differences are mostly associated with the client records for minors and whether clients have access to their own records. These issues will be further addressed below.

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Meet the Members of the State Board of Psychology

Salvatore S. Cullari, Ph.D., Chairperson
Dr. Salvatore Cullari received a Ph.D. in psychology from Western Michigan University in 1981.  He was a Psychological Services Director/Coordinator at several large mental health institutions prior to becoming a professor at Lebanon Valley College (LVC) in 1985. He was promoted to full professor and chair of the department in 1993 and remained in this position until his retirement in 2003.  He is currently professor emeritus at LVC, a consultant and maintains a small private practice. He has been on the State Board of Psychology since 2005.

Karen W. Edelstein, Psy.D., Vice Chairperson
Dr. Karen Edelstein has been a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist since 1994.  Her clinical practice is located in Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr, Pa. and involves individual and family therapy and psychological assessments with a varied patient population.  Dr. Edelstein joined the State Board of Psychology in 2003, after membership in the Ethics Committee of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists.   She has served as the board chair and is currently the vice chair.  Dr. Edelstein’s board work grows out of her interest in the intricacies of law, ethics, and clinical practice.  She especially appreciates the “team approach,” to problem solving, which characterizes the board process.  Dr. Edelstein believes that a psychologist’s self-care is a critical aspect of practice, and she strives to maintain a reasonable balance between professional and personal life.

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717.783.7155 | ST-PSYCHOLOGY@state.pa.us
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