HIPAA Privacy Rule Awareness Training
Learn about the regulations under HIPAA Privacy rule, including privacy of sensitive health information and patients’ right to access records
What is HIPAA Privacy Rule
The HIPAA privacy rule sets the standards of how healthcare organizations can use and share an individual’s health information. It defines the meaning of protected health information (PHI), and how you can use, store or share such information. Permitted usage and disclosure of PHI is also governed by the standards set under the privacy rule.
Healthcare providers, plans, and clearing houses need to put in place policies and systems to confirm with the privacy rule. Business associates who give services to such organizations and have access to the protected health information need to comply as well. Most importantly, the privacy rule also sets the monetary penalties levied in case of violations.
Designed to fulfill the mandatory training requirements set by HIPAA, the HIPAA Privacy rule training covers
- What is the Privacy rule
- Protected Health Information (PHI)
- Safeguards provided by the Privacy rule
Beginning with a basic introduction to the Privacy rule, the course covers the major aspects of the Privacy rule, such as
- Patient rights
- Permissible usage and disclosure of PHI
- Administrative requirements
By the end of the training, you’d develop a good understanding of what protected health information is; and how to comply with the rules of using and disclosing health records under HIPAA.
|Course Name||HIPAA Privacy Rule Training for Professionals|
|Course Type||Interactive online training|
|Format||LM-light, SCORM 1.2|
|Supported Devices||Desktop/Laptop, Tablet, Phone|
|Last Updated||June 30, 2021|
What you’ll learn
- What is the HIPAA Privacy rule, and why is it so important for your organization?
- Administrative requirements of the Privacy rule
- Patient rights, such as their right to access health records
- Privacy standards and state laws
- Penalties of non-compliance
- Privacy Rule Background
- What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule?
- What is Protected by the Privacy Rule?
- Safeguarding of PHI under HIPAA Privacy
- Privacy Standards and State Laws
- Difference Between Privacy and Security
- Who must Comply With the Privacy Rule?
- Penalties for Non-Compliance
- Administrative Requirements of Privacy
- Individual Rights
- PHI Use and Disclosure Compliance
- Permissible Uses and Disclosures of PHI
- What is Minimum Necessary Disclosure
- What is De-identification
- How to use De-identification
Who Should Attend?
Everyone who works in the healthcare industry and has access to protected health information should attend this training.
- Healthcare workers
- Staff of Healthcare providers
- Staff of health insurance agencies, plans and clearing houses
- Business associates
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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is a federal act enacted in 1996 for incremental healthcare reform. In 2009, the Congress revised it with the ARRA/HITECH Act, and in 2013, with the Omnibus Rule.
HIPAA’s intent is to help the healthcare industry reduce costs, simplify administrative processes, and ensure the privacy and security of patients’ protected health information.
All organizations that use, share, or store patient records must comply with the law. It includes healthcare providers, hospitals, clinics, health plans, clearinghouses and their business associates.
Under HIPAA, covered entities that conduct healthcare transactions electronically need to safeguard the privacy of health information. For this purpose, they need to follow the standards set by the Health and Human Services (HHS).
These standards are guided by three HIPAA rules – HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach notification rule.
The covered entities must follow the three HIPAA rules. This includes
- Respecting patient’s rights over their health information
- Providing timely access to medical records to patients
- Putting in place policies and procedures to protect the privacy of patient records
- Providing HIPAA Training to the workforce
- Reporting data breaches in a timely fashion
Covered entities also need to conduct a risk assessments and store necessary records for at least 6 years.
Under HIPAA, covered entities can be held accountable for NOT training their workforce properly.
HIPAA training of your workforce needs to happen within a reasonable timeframe. Additionally, you must provide refresher training as well.
All healthcare and non-healthcare professionals who use, share, or store sensitive patient information should receive HIPAA training.
Although you need not train your workforce extensively, everyone must know about their responsibilities and limitations under HIPAA.
Such training would equip them to protect patient rights, ensure the safety of health records, and prevent them from handling patient information beyond their defined duties.
Congress has tasked the Health and Human Services (HHS) to enforce and monitor compliance with the HIPAA Privacy rule. Within the HHS, the Office of Civil Rights manages these activities. However, cases of criminal non-compliance fall under the auspices of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The HIPAA privacy rule defines how an individual’s health information can be used, stored or shared by healthcare providers. As more health information is being created and shared digitally, all IT professionals involved in healthcare need to ensure that they comply with the law.