Understanding HIPAA For Beginners

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, including fundamentals, privacy, security, and common myths. This course will shows you where and how HIPAA affects health care and insurance through modifications to other related laws. Offered in an easy-to-follow format, the text includes examples, real-life scenarios, and optional interactive features to help you better understand important concepts, test that understanding, and prepare you for a rewarding career in health care.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Healthcare Technology

Course Concepts

  • The original reason for writing HIPAA
  • The scope of HIPAA law to both health care and the insurance industry
  • The need to protect privacy and security of health information
  • Types of entities who are Covered Entities
  • The importance of the HIPAA Officer
  • Scenario to bring the ruling into work place perspective
  • Know the definition of protected health information (PHI).
  • Recognize the difference between consent and authorization and their use in HIPAA.
  • Be familiar with required disclosures, those permitted without authorization, and those permitted with authorization.
  • Identify when Business Associate contracts must be obtained.
  • Understand how HIPAA mandates training for the public and health care workforce.
  • Grasp how the DHHS has ordered compliance with HIPAA law.
  • The need for national standards for electronic transactions
  • The code sets mandated by HIPAA law
  • The structure of the electronic transactions to simplify reimbursement for health care services
  • The value of Trading Partner agreements
  • The enforcement guidelines set up by the Department of Health and Human Services
  • The need for safeguards of electronic protected health information (ePHI)
  • The basics of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for ePHI
  • The role of the HIPAA security officer who is responsible for local training and enforcing of HIPAA security regulations
  • The government’s role in overseeing compliance and receiving a complaint
  • The unique identifiers defined by HIPAA
  • Identifiers that have been mandated and status of other identifiers to date
  • Where to find latest information of changes to HIPAA law
  • The problems of medical identify theft
  • Some myths related to HIPAA


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