HIPAA Privacy Compliance Training

Category: Employment Law
Posted: 08-20-2012 09:40 PM
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Synopsis:

HIPAA privacy protection is federal law and sets limits on who can look at our private electronic, oral and written health information.  The security component requires health organizations to protect patient electronic information with a tight level of security.  It is critical that all employees who work with patient records understand HIPAA and how to handle and secure patient medical data.  Comprehensive HIPAA privacy training is required by the law.

HIPAA privacy protection is federal law and sets limits on who can look at our private electronic, oral and written health information.  The security component requires health organizations to protect patient electronic information with a tight level of security.  It is critical that all employees who work with patient records understand HIPAA and how to handle and secure patient medical data.  Comprehensive HIPAA privacy training is required by the law.

The following are major points about about the law.
  • Health insurers, HMOs, health plans, doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, pharmacies, dentists, healthcare clearing houses and any other healthcare plan or healthcare provider all have to follow HIPAA.
  • Schools districts, life insurance companies, state agencies, employers, law enforcement are examples of entities who do not have to follow HIPAA.
  • Health care providers must limit the disclosure of patient information to the least possible degree that will not harm patient care.
  • All healthcare contractors must have safeguards in place to adequately secure patient data.
  • Healthcare employees who work with patient records must have HIPAA training.
  • Patients have a right to see their information when they ask, the right to have corrections made to the record, the right to give permission for the data to be used for marketing purposes and to get a report on how and why their information was used.
  • Patients can file a complaint with the Federal Government or with the healthcare provider.
  • Patients have a right to declare how they are reached.  For instance they might want to be contacted at work instead of home or via envelope rather than post card.
  • Medicaid and Medicare as well as other government organizations who pay for healthcare must comply by the HIPAA law.
HIPAA Training will encompass these points and much more.  Make sure that all employees who handle patient data receives thorough HIPAA privacy and security training, so there are no mistakes in handling this crucial Federal law.
 
Charlie Bentson King is a writer and VP for TrainingABC - a source of healthcare training videos and DVDs.

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