Ask OmniSure is a series that answers real risk and safety questions from policyholders and insurers all over the country.
Question: What should I ask when a licensed professional becomes a “health coach?”
Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors, Naturopaths, Dietitians, Athletic Trainers, Teachers, Child Development Specialists, and professionals of many types are opting to pursue other passions or rewarding ventures as a break from or in addition to their chosen profession. Often this leads to questions about risk and insurance.
At present, there are no formal prerequisites to calling oneself a health coach. There are certifications and licenses available, but none are required to practice as a health coach in any state.
To help guide these professionals, OmniSure created a tip sheet addressing their FAQs. Read below to learn what common questions OmniSure specialists receive.
- What is the Definition of a Health and Wellness Coach?
- What Does It Mean to Be a Certified Health Coach?
- Does a Health Coach Need to Be Certified?
- What Are the Legal Ramifications of Being Certified?
- What Are the Limitations on a Health Coach’s Practice?
- Are Health Coaches Covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)?
- Do Health Coaches Need to Obtain the Client’s Consent Before Providing Coaching?
- Should Health Coaches Share Information with the Patient’s Health Team?
- Do Health Coaches Need Malpractice Insurance?
- Does All of This Need to Be Approved by Legal Counsel?
Learn the answers to these questions and more with our Health Coach FAQ download.