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This course presents an overview of the requirements for the disposal of protected health information (PHI) as set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The course includes practical information about how individuals and organizations can maintain HIPAA compliance.
Who must take this course?
HIPAA requires that anyone working for a covered entity who handles PHI must receive HIPAA training. This training requirement extends to volunteer workers, such as a hospital greeter or an art therapist in a nursing home. Business associates of covered entities are also mandated to train their workforce, including employees and subcontractors. Thus, anyone who is involved with the disposal of PHI, or who supervises others who dispose of PHI, must receive training that covers the PHI disposal policies and procedures of the covered entity.
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It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.
Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our HIPAA Security Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
In every health care setting, there is an abundance of private and sensitive information about patients and customers. This health information may be recorded on paper in the form of medical records, insurance statements, prescription receipts, etc. Nowadays, it is more likely that this information is stored electronically on a variety of devices, or stored virtually. Personal health information is vulnerable to data breaches. These breaches can lead to identity theft and the potential for financial losses, or to the sharing of sensitive information that may damage an individual's reputation or jeopardize his or her job security. This course presents an overview of the requirements for the disposal of protected health information (PHI) as set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The course highlights practices that individuals and organizations can apply to maintain HIPAA compliance.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to HIPAA Security Training
- Applicable Regulations
- Key Terms
- What Are Covered Entities?
- Why Employers Should Be Informed about the Proper Disposal of PHI
- Why Employees Should Be Informed about the Proper Disposal of PHI
- Why Business Associates Should Be Informed about the Proper Disposal of PHI
- Applicable Regulations for Disposal of PHI
- The HITECH Act
- Categories of Covered Entities
- Risky Assumptions Based on a Misleading Definition
- What the HIPAA Rules Do Not Specify
- Training Requirements
- Identification of PHI
- What Are the Personal Identifiers?
- What Qualifies as PHI?
- PHI Formats-Paper and Tangible Objects
- PHI Formats-Electronic Media and Spoken PHI
- Guidelines for Proper Disposal of PHI
- Storage and Disposal of Paper and Tangible Objects with PHI
- Disposal Techniques for Electronic Media with PHI
- General Best Practices for Disposal of Materials with PHI and ePHI
- Considerations When Hiring an Information Destruction Specialist
- Potential Consequences of Improper Disposal of PHI
- Civil Penalties
- Criminal Penalties
- Develop a Plan to Ensure HIPAA Compliance
- Evaluate and Compare Your Circumstances
- Develop a Plan for Proper Disposal of PHI
- Implement the Plan and Ensure Its Execution
- Additional Resources
Training must be provided to each new member within the workforce and when a material change has taken place within the covered entity's workforce. Annual re-training is suggested.