I was brand new to this information and I was able to learn lots. It lead me to take a course at the local community college and pursue a certificate in HIT."
This was my first internet course. It gave me the information I needed without taking more time out of my day to travel to class and sit in it. I was pleased that my questions were answered similar to being in class. Very informative class! The little tests within the material were very helpful."
After 20 years working in the healthcare field, I thought I knew HIPAA. Thanks to this class, I can actually say I now know HIPAA."
I found this course very interesting. It was extremely detailed, but HIPAA is very detailed so it shouldn't be otherwise....The course did...give me a very good understanding of HIPAA. As detailed as it was, I enjoyed the course and feel I now have an excellent grasp of HIPAA. Thank you."
This was an outstanding course. I learned a lot and had fun doing it. You did a wonderful job guiding us through the maze of laws, rules, policies, and procedures that are associated with, and comprise HIPAA."
Great course! I feel I truly have a better grip on HIPAA and it's regulations now. Ms. Dalgleish, you were wonderful! Very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the course! Thank you!"
This course has been an eye opening journey into the seriousness of our private information and our rights as individuals. I appreciate the effort this class and course has taken me in order for me to make the decision of where I should go next. It has been a pleasure having the attendance of your background as a guide to my next move."
I just want to thank you for such a wonderful class. I know HIPAA on a whole new level. I can't believe I learned so much!"
Course Code: hip
In the first lesson, you will examine the foundation of HIPAA so that you can better understand the motivation behind the law. You will focus specifically on the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA. You will also take a look at the penalties involved for anyone who ignores HIPAA’s requirements. Then you will learn which groups must comply with HIPAA’s rules and standards as they gather and transmit health-related information. You will learn the difference between a covered entity, a business associate, and a trading partner.
In this lesson, you will identify the 12 types of electronic transactions that HIPAA covers. You will also examine code sets and identifiers used in these transactions. Then you will explore the administrative requirements of the Privacy Rule. You will find out about civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance and wrongful disclosure of protected health information.
In this lesson, you will learn about the requirements for using and disclosing protected health information. HIPAA has two types of disclosures: required and permitted. At the end of this lesson, you will understand the difference between the two. Then you will examine the seven fundamental privacy rights that patients have under HIPAA. You will discover what procedures HIPAA requires to ensure that patients can access their own medical information and control how others disclose that information.
This lesson will focus on information security as covered under the Security Rule. You will become familiar with security terms and their meanings. You will also discover various threats that can exist when you electronically handle and transmit protected health information. Then you will examine the philosophy and principles behind the Security Rule. You will go over the standards for implementation, and learn which ones are required and which are simply addressable. You will also examine the frequency and costs of some real-life security breaches
In this lesson, you will understand what administrative safeguards are and how they could affect you at your job. Then you will learn about the physical and technical safeguards of the Security Rule. You will continue to look at the need for good security practices.
This final lesson, will explore the rules and laws about compliance and business associates. You will learn about the basics of a business associate agreement. Then you will begin creating your own policies and procedures to implement HIPAA. You will be given a description of the most common frameworks so that you can choose the one that best suits your organization. You will also look at some healthcare trends to understand what the future holds for HIPAA.
Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems, a master’s degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.