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What You Need to Know About Web Based HIPAA Training

All medical information of patients is processed and stored electronically and this confidential information needs to be safeguarded and protected. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) ensures that such important information stays protected by having several safeguards in this regard. It strictly prohibits any unauthorized access and patient would need to give a written permission to covered entities to access their records. The heath care providers would not require any written permission from the patients if the purpose of accessing the records is for treatment.

Before the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was passed in 1996 there have been several instances when the information of patients had been used for commercial purposes. Employees of health care providers are most likely to have access to protected information and they would need to be trained on how to handle and safeguard this information.

Web Based HIPAA Training Procedure

• All aspects of privacy and security rules that have been specified by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act would need to be covered in these courses. Apart from this processing and storage of protected information of patients in the electronic medium (computers and other storage devices) should also be learned.

• The various changes that have taken place in HIPAA legislation should be adequately covered in the course. The course can also provide a brief history about Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and how it benefits patients and employees.

• There are various certification programs that are offered online and depending on the needs of the specific employee who will be accessing the records the courses can be chosen. The certification options that are available to employees include Certified HIPAA Professional, Certified HIPAA Security Specialist and Certified HIPAA Administrator.

• Depending on the level of certification and the duration of the course the cost could vary significantly. If the employee wants to gain specialized knowledge they would need to pay an extra fee. There are many universities and hospitals that are offering these certification programs through the online medium. They also provide free support during the duration of the course.

• The training material that will be required for the course can be downloaded easily from the website. The online programs can be completed as per the convenience of the individual in the comfort of their home.

There are some universities and hospitals that also provide an instructor for the course and you will have to pay extra to avail of these services.

• After you have completed the online program you would be required to appear for an online examination that will test your skills and knowledge in understanding the various rules and regulations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. After successful completion of the examination you will be awarded a certification.

There are very stringent penalties for not following the rules and regulations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. You would be able to avoid these penalties if you are aware of the various provisions of the Act and the online programs will help you gain knowledge about HIPAA in an effective way.

For more information, please visit our HIPAA website.

For more information, please visit our HIPAA website.

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