Course Code: hip
The first lesson will lay out the foundation of HIPAA so that you'll understand the motivation behind the law. It will focus specifically on the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA and give you a good idea of its goals. As with any law, noncompliance comes at a price, so you'll also take a look at the penalties involved for anyone who ignores HIPAA's requirements.
Are you interested in working in a medical or dental office, an insurance company, or a government agency like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Department of Health and Human Services? All of these organizations are subject to HIPAA, and all of them have to work together. In this lesson, you'll learn which groups must comply with HIPAA's rules and standards as they gather and transmit health-related information. By the time you're done with this lesson, you'll know the difference between a covered entity, a business associate, and a trading partner.
It's time to put your newfound lingo to use. The overriding goal of HIPAA is to protect personal health information. In this lesson, you'll identify the 12 types of electronic transactions that HIPAA covers. You'll also take a peek at the code sets and identifiers used in these transactions. Transactions, code sets, and identifiers are key to your understanding of HIPAA, and this lesson will put those pieces of the puzzle together.
What happens if you or your employer violates the Privacy Rule? Could a court fine you or even send you to jail? And what if the privacy breach was unintentional, and you tried to fix it as soon as you found out—would that have any effect on your punishment? In this lesson, you'll answer these questions and many others as you delve into the administrative requirements of the Privacy Rule. You'll find out about civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance and wrongful disclosure of protected health information.
Now that you understand the Privacy Rule, you'll take the next step and delve into the requirements for using and disclosing protected health information (PHI). HIPAA has two types of disclosures: required and permitted. At the end of this lesson, you'll understand the difference between the two. Another concept that figures heavily into the entire HIPAA picture is minimum necessary. You'll see how this concept fits neatly into the issue of PHI disclosures.
Under HIPAA, patients have seven fundamental privacy rights. You'll examine those rights in this lesson and find out what procedures HIPAA requires to ensure that patients can access their own medical information and control how others disclose that information. You'll also see how state laws can expand on HIPAA's provisions.
The Security Rule is the companion to HIPAA's Privacy Rule. In this lesson, you'll turn your attention to the concept of information security. Security has its own key terms, and you'll spend some time on them so that you'll be familiar with their meanings. If you don't know the difference between a hacker and a spoofer, you will by the time this lesson is done! The lesson will also address the various threats that can exist when you electronically handle and transmit protected health information.
How common are security breaches in the real world, and what effects can they have? As you continue to investigate HIPAA's Security Rule, you'll explore its fundamental approach to addressing security. You'll examine the philosophy and principles behind the Security Rule, then go over the standards for implementation and learn which ones are required and which are simply addressable. You'll also examine the frequency and costs of some real-life security breaches, which will help you understand why effective security practices matter so much.
The Security Rule covers three major areas: administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, and technical safeguards. By the end of this lesson, you'll understand what administrative safeguards are and how they could affect you at your job.
Continuing the journey into HIPAA's Security Rule, in this lesson, you'll examine the philosophy and principles behind the Security Rule. You'll go over the standards for implementation and learn which ones are required and which are simply addressable. You'll also take a look at some real-life security breaches, which should emphasize the need for good security practices.
The previous lessons emphasized how important it is for your organization to comply with HIPAA, but what if one of your business associates fails to comply and leaves your patients' data exposed? In recent years, the federal government has tightened up rules related to business associates and security breaches. In this lesson, you'll explore the rules and laws about compliance and business associates. By the time you're done, you'll understand the basics of a business associate agreement.
When it's time to begin creating your own policies and procedures to implement HIPAA, it helps to have a framework to follow. That's what this lesson will give you: a description of the most common frameworks available so that you can choose the one that best suits your organization. You'll also look at some healthcare trends so that you'll have an idea of 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.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
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!"