What is HIPAA?
To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law 104-191, included Administrative Simplification provisions that required HHS to adopt national standards for electronic health care transactions and code sets, unique health identifiers, and security. At the same time, Congress recognized that advances in electronic technology could erode the privacy of health information. Consequently, Congress incorporated into HIPAA provisions that mandated the adoption of Federal privacy protections for individually identifiable health information.
Most health plans and health care providers that are covered by the new Rule must comply with the new requirements by April 14, 2003.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule for the first time creates national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information.
It gives patients more control over their health information.
It sets boundaries on the use and release of health records.
It establishes appropriate safeguards that health care providers and others must achieve to protect the privacy of health information.
It holds violators accountable, with civil and criminal penalties that can be imposed if they violate patients’ privacy rights.
And it strikes a balance when public responsibility supports disclosure of some forms of data – for example, to protect public health.
Who needs to be trained?
“Workforce means employees, volunteers, trainees, and other persons whose conduct, in the performance of work for a covered entity or business associate, is under the direct control of such covered entity or business associate, whether or not they are paid by the covered entity or business associate.” (45 CFR § 160.103)
HIPAA Compliance training course combines HIPAA compliance lessons and HITECH Training. This powerful knowledge not only educates your employees on PHI requirements, it also expands their understanding of best practices of how to reduce risk and protect your organization from costly HIPAA violations.
So what are the benefits?
Fewer HIPAA violations and/or data breaches due to human error
Showcases an appropriate amount of care to abide by HIPAA Rules in case of OCR audits or inquiries
For individuals on the staff, HIPAA certification helps promote patient trust, supports promotions, and raises job prospects.
What I Provide
At Your Convenience
I will come to you, in person or virtually, and assess the needs of your medical practice to find out what areas you are lacking. If any specific training needs to take place. Together we will plan a date and time that is convenient for your staff for group training.
A Personal Approach
Do you have more than one office, or satellite offices? Our team can put together a comprehensive training package for your entire practice.