HIPAA Education and Employee Training

Do you need a HIPAA education? Compliancy Group can help! Our world class HIPAA training includes everything you and your employees need to know about HIPAA. At Compliancy Group, we understand that HIPAA isn’t the most interesting topic. That’s why we have created engaging training videos that will keep employees interested while informing them about HIPAA.

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How to Get Your HIPAA Education

The HIPAA regulation requires employees working with protected health information (PHI) to be trained annually. There are specific requirements that need to be included in HIPAA training. To have a complete HIPAA education the following must be addressed:

HIPAA Basics. The HIPAA regulation was enacted to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of PHI. To ensure this, employees must be trained on HIPAA’s three main components, the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules.     

Privacy Rule. This Rule dictates the proper use and disclosure of PHI. Within the Rule, the minimum necessary standard was established. This standard requires organizations to only use and disclose PHI for a specific purpose. As such, organizations must implement access management. Access management designates different levels of access to PHI based on an employee’s job role.

Security Rule. This requires organizations to implement administrative, technical, and physical safeguards. These safeguards ensure that PHI is adequately protected.

Breach Notification Rule. This Rule requires organizations that experience a breach to report the incident. Breaches that affect less than 500 patients must be reported within 60 days (March 1st) from the end of the calendar year in which the breach was discovered. These breaches must be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and affected patients. Breaches that affect 500 or more patients within 60 days of discovery. These breaches must be reported to the HHS’ OCR, affected patients, and the media.

Policies and Procedures. To ensure compliance with HIPAA standards, organizations must implement policies and procedures. Policies and procedures dictate how an organization complies with the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. Policies and procedures must be customized to apply directly to an organization’s business processes. Whenever there’s a change in the way a business operates, policies and procedures must be adapted to ensure the PHI is adequately safeguarded. 

Social Media. To ensure that PHI is not disclosed in an unauthorized manner, it is essential that employees are aware of the proper use of social media in the workplace. HIPAA dictates that PHI cannot be shared without patient authorization outside of treatment, payment, or healthcare operations. Before sharing PHI on social media, you must obtain prior patient consent. This includes posting patient testimonials on your website, sharing images containing PHI (even in the background of the image), responding to patients reviews with anything more than a “Thank you” or “Please call our office,” etc.