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Episode 1: Documentation Pointers to Avoid Liability and Malpractice

Social Work Risky Business Podcast

“Medical Records Requests” and “Breach of Confidentiality” are the leading claims issues for social workers. These claims trigger lawsuits, licensing board inquiries, and HIPAA information breach liability, particularly regarding HIPAA HITECH 45 CFR Part 160, that holds social workers liable for third-party (employee or a vendor of the social worker), and first-party breach (social worker) client information breach.

A malpractice judgment can hurt you personally and professionally. Time and again while malpractice insurance claims cases are adjudicated, we find that your file documentation may be the only case evidence that protects you from what your client’s lawyer says in the lawsuit filed against you. This episode provides some practical tips you need to know about keeping client records.

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