HIPAA Privacy and Security Training

This course is designed to help you achieve a general awareness of the HIPAA requirements pertaining to the disposal of protected health information (PHI).

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to HIPAA Security Training
  • Applicable Regulations for Disposal of PHI
  • Identification of PHI
  • Guidelines for Proper Disposal of PHI
  • Potential Consequences of Improper Disposal of PHI
  • Develop a Plan to Ensure HIPAA Compliance

Course Description

This course is designed to help you achieve a general awareness of the HIPAA requirements pertaining to the disposal of protected health information (PHI). This course highlights practices that individuals and organizations can apply to ensure that their disposal of PHI complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.

This course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

HIPAA Privacy and Security Training Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to HIPAA Security Training

  • Applicable Regulations
  • Key Terms
  • What Are Covered Entities?
  • Why Employers Should Be Informed about the Proper Disposal of PHI
  • Why Employees Should Be Informed about the Proper Disposal of PHI
  • Why Business Associates Should Be Informed about the Proper Disposal of PHI

Applicable Regulations for Disposal of PHI

  • The HITECH Act
  • Categories of Covered Entities
  • Risky Assumptions Based on a Misleading Definition
  • What the HIPAA Rules Do Not Specify
  • Training Requirements

Identification of PHI

  • What Are the Personal Identifiers?
  • What Qualifies as PHI?
  • PHI Formats-Paper and Tangible Objects
  • PHI Formats-Electronic Media and Spoken PHI 

Guidelines for Proper Disposal of PHI

  • Storage and Disposal of Paper and Tangible Objects with PHI
  • Disposal Techniques for Electronic Media with PHI
  • General Best Practices for Disposal of Materials with PHI and ePHI
  • Considerations When Hiring an Information Destruction Specialist

Potential Consequences of Improper Disposal of PHI

  • Civil Penalties
  • Criminal Penalties 

Develop a Plan to Ensure HIPAA Compliance

  • Evaluate and Compare Your Circumstances
  • Develop a Plan for Proper Disposal of PHI
  • Implement the Plan and Ensure Its Execution

Summary

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Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

HIPAA requires that anyone working for a covered entity who handles PHI must receive HIPAA training. This training requirement extends to volunteer workers, such as a hospital greeter or an art therapist in a nursing home. Business associates of covered entities are also mandated to train their workforce, including employees and subcontractors. Thus, anyone who is involved with the disposal of PHI, or who supervises others who dispose of PHI, must receive training that covers the PHI disposal policies and procedures of the covered entity.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Training must be provided to each new member within the workforce and when a material change has taken place within the covered entity’s workforce. Annual re-training is suggested.

What are the governing regulations?

This course presents an overview of the requirements for the disposal of protected health information (PHI) as set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The course includes practical information about how individuals and organizations can maintain HIPAA compliance.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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