HIPAA Privacy Training
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” (HIPAA). US President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law on August 21, 1996. The law officially became effective on July 1, 1997.
HIPAA required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations to protect the privacy and security of applicable health information.
HIPAA Privacy - Curriculum
In this lesson you will get an overview of what HIPAA privacy is all about, when it was introduced, why, and by whom.
In this lesson, you will learn about patients right to privacy and how you are expected to help protect this.
How health plans are bound by HIPAA regulation and their responsibilities.
Learn the specifics of HIPAA privacy.
Learn what Protected Health Care Identifiers (PHI) are, and what you must do to protect them.
Best practice privacy guidelines to remain compliant with HIPAA Privacy Standards.
Your Personal Rights Under HIPAA
Learn what an individuals personal rights are under the HIPAA act.
Learn what an exmployers main responsibilities are when handling health information.
Learn what is permissible and what is not in regards to sharing healthcare information.
The procedures and rules you must follow when dealing with the healthcare information of an incapacitated or not present patient.
Learn the rules around disclosing PHI to law enforcement agencies.
The proper procedure for filing a compliant under the HIPAA act.
Health Care Provider Responsibilities
Learn the responsibilities Healthcare Providers must comply with to be HIPAA compliant.
Learn the specific HIPAA rules surrounding Electronic Protected Health Information.
There is a trade off between integrity and availibility – this lesson will teach you how to make the right choices.
Best practices for risk analysis and management.
Learn the key safeguards needed to protect patient information.
Learn the specific HIPAA requirements regarding policy, prodcedure, and documents.
The final word on HIPAA compliance.
Compliance Information and Disclaimer
HIPAA required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations to protect the privacy and security of certain health information.
Who Must Comply With HIPAA Laws
The following is a specific list of who needs to be HIPAA compliant:
- Covered healthcare providers (hospitals, clinics, regional health services, individual medical practitioners) who carry out transactions in electronic form
- Healthcare clearinghouses (billing services, repricing companies, community health management information systems, information systems, and value-added networks)
- Health plans (including insurers, HMOs, Medicaid, Medicare prescription drug card sponsors, flexible spending accounts, public health authority, in addition to employers, schools or universities who collect, store or transmit e-PHI, or electronic protected health information)
- Company business associates (including private sector vendors and third-party administrators)
Who Is Not Required to Follow These Laws
Many organizations that have health information about you do not have to follow these laws.
Examples of organizations that do not have to follow the Privacy and Security Rules include:
- Life insurers
- Workers compensation carriers
- Most schools and school districts
- Many state agencies like child protective service agencies
- Most law enforcement agencies
- Many municipal offices