The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, known as HIPAA, was passed to protect the personal health information of individuals in all areas of healthcare. There are strict rules and guidelines that must be complied with by all staff members involved in a variety of healthcare capacities. Due to this fact, lack of compliance is met with harsh financial and criminal consequences. Ignorance of HIPAA laws is not considered to be an excuse and therefore it is a priority to have a workforce that is trained to understand the various nuances of HIPAA guidelines.
The government requires that all employees that are exposed to a patient’s personal and private health information in any form must take HIPAA compliance training. It is an Administrative Requirement of the HIPAA Privacy Rule (45 CFR §164.530) and an Administrative Safeguard of the HIPAA Security Rule (45 CFR §164.308).
In order for HIPAA training to be effective, staff needs to be aware of all of the rules and guidelines for the security of the PHI (Personal Health Information) of the patients. In many cases, newer training sessions have been designed to accommodate online training to be taken according to the convenience of the schedule of the staff member.
Title 1: Focus on Health Care Access, Portability, and Renewability. Requires the coverage of and limits the restrictions that a group health plan places on benefits for preexisting conditions…. Covers “creditable coverage” which includes nearly all group and individual health plans, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Title II: Prevents Health Care Fraud and Abuse; Medical Liability Reform; Administrative Simplification that requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, employers, and health insurance plans.
The objectives of HIPAA training is to educate an individual so that they recognize what types of information is considered to be PHI or ePHI (electronic Personal Health Information) and the rules and guidelines associated with the restrictions and protection of the information.
A good training program will include:
The better programs designed for HIPAA training for staff will be designed around the employee schedule and should be taken during the standard workday. Every employee is required to take HIPAA training and should be part of the job acceptance program of the employer.
Today’s online training programs offer the option to start, stop and continue so that the staff member can absorb the information at a good pace.
The best HIPAA training programs should also give manager’s the ability to access the status of the employee training and see results of testing.
There should be a certification offered for the successful completion of the HIPAA training.
According to HIPAA guidelines, they are specify that staff members be retrained in the case of regulation changes. However, the better training programs encourage that employees be retrained on an annual or every two-year basis.
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