The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets out guidelines to protect patients’ health information. The law was created to prevent people from stealing medical information that could be used to commit identity theft or fraud. It established a set of rules that need to be followed to protect patients’ health information. Failure to do so can lead to serious problems, including identity theft, financial penalties, and damage to the organization’s reputation.
Who Needs to Receive HIPAA Training?
All employees who work with medical information need to be trained on HIPAA. This includes employees at hospitals, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, insurance companies, and other places that process protected health information. Training should be provided when a person is hired, when changes to policies are made, and on a regular basis during the period of employment. Many organizations conduct HIPAA training annually to keep the information fresh in employees’ minds.
HIPAA does not provide detailed rules on how training should be conducted. Employers can use their discretion based on the number and type of employees they have and how much they deal with medical records in the course of their duties.
What Should Be Included in HIPAA Training?
All employees do not need to receive the same training, but everyone should have at least the same baseline of knowledge and understanding of how HIPAA works and what is required. All employees should be trained in rules related to the sharing of protected health information (PHI). They should understand how and why PHI may be disclosed and to which people or entities. They should understand how to keep records of disclosures and the importance of protecting patients’ privacy. Employees should also understand the potential consequences of disclosing PHI to the wrong people, such as fraud or identity theft, fines, and damage to the organization’s reputation.
How to Make Sure You Comply with HIPAA
All people and entitles that handle protected health information have a responsibility to comply with HIPAA. Failure to do so could lead to identity theft, fines, and damage to the company’s reputation with other patients and the general public.
ASG Information Technologies can help your business comply with HIPAA. We offer a HIPAA compliance solution that includes risk assessment, auditing and remediation plans, incident management, training templates, document control, training and attestations tracking, and a support hotline. To learn more about how ASG Information Technologies can help your business comply with HIPAA and keep your patients’ data safe, contact us today.