Understanding HIPAA Privacy Laws

Course Description:

The main objective of this session is to explain the key features of the Health Insurace Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and how it affects you and your patients. By the time the session is over, you should be able to understand the purpose of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, identify covered entities, determine basic requirements of the rule, follow policies and procedures to protect patients’ health information, and use the HIPAA Privacy Rule to protect your own health information.

Course Duration: 30 minutes

Why “Understanding HIPAA Privacy Laws” Matters:

As a healthcare employee, it’s important to understand that medical files and other health information about patients is confidential. You must never disclose this information to anyone who is not authorized to see it.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule describes the situations in which medical information about patients can be disclosed. The rule also imposes penalties for violations.
Individuals who improperly disclose confidential health information can be disciplined. The law also imposes fines of up to $100,000 and even prison sentences for some violations.
As a private individual, the HIPAA Privacy Rule protects your personal health information. The rule says that only those who have your permission or a legitimate reason can view your current medical records and the other documents that build up in the healthcare system for each individual over the years.

Key Points:

  • If you have access to patients’ protected health information (PHI), you need to understand the HIPAA Privacy Rule and its impact on your job responsibilities.
  • Always follow policies and procedures related to the use and disclosure of PHI.
  • Treat patients’ health information as confidential, and disclose it only to those who are authorized by the patient or by the law to see it.
  • Even if you job does not involve access to PHI, you should understand the rule and how it affects the privacy of your PHI .

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