Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (HP2022)

Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA

Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCAPP, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, CNLCP, COHN/COHN-S, COPS-KT, CRCC, CRRN, CVRP, Delaware BON, FCB, MCBAP-Related, MSCC, NAADAC, RNs, VRA-Canada

Credit Hours: 2

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

Updated for 2022, this course will present the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), including the privacy and security rules and exemption for Workers Compensation. The final rule for the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, also called The Common Rule, which went into effect in January 2019, will be discussed.
Social media and telemedicine are also raising questions regarding privacy and confidentiality. Included are the HIPAA requirements for portable devices. HIPAA rules are always in place, including times of epidemic such as the opioid epidemic and pandemic situations such as COVID-19 and the recent changes that have been allowed are at the end of this class.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to help the public understand when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine dated September 2021 are included at the end of this class.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations protecting the privacy and security of certain health information. Since then, with the changing environment of the medical system, changes and additions have been made to the original Act.

With the evolution of technologies involved in the medical community, new rules have emerged to cover those means of communicating with patients. Research continues, leading to the Common Rule covering privacy and security of patients who participate in research. Public safety has been addressed with changes in the reporting to governmental agencies of those persons who should not be allowed to purchase firearms due to mental illness. Most recently, the opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic have forced changes to HIPPA compliance.

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the HIPAA law and its components.

  2. List those entities that are required to follow HIPAA law and those who are considered business associates under the HIPAA law.

  3. State the one exception to the HIPAA law requirements.

  4. Discuss special situations regarding the HIPAA law including HIV, LGBT communities, cloud computing and the opioid epidemic.

  5. Explain the new "Common Rule" and its effective changes in research under HIPPA.

  6. Explain some of the exceptions of HIPPA as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  7. Describe the rules regarding HIPPA and the questioning of persons regarding COVID vaccines.

Course Outline

  1. HIPAA - Privacy and Security Rules

  2. Changes to HIPAA Law

  3. Questions and Answers about HIPAA Laws & Workers' Compensation

  4. Special Considerations Under the HIPAA Law

  5. The Common Rule

  6. Electronic changes and HIPPA regulations regarding mobile devices

  7. COVID-19 and changes due to COVID-19

  8. HIPPA coverage regarding questioning of persons regarding COVID vaccines.

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