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Modules: 3
Hour: 1
Sectors: Healthcare

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Course 625 HIPAA Privacy Training

Key Topics

  • HIPAA Law Components
  • Privacy and Security Rule
  • Protecting Patients' Privacy
  • Covered Entities
  • Personal Rights
  • Good Privacy Practices
  • Protected Information
  • Sharing Health Information
  • Protected Healthcare Identifier
  • Healthcare Clearing House
  • Electronic Protected Health Information
  • Non-Compliance Enforcement
  • Training Requirements
  • Filing Complaints
  • Civil Money and Criminal Penalties
  • Administrative, Physical, and Technical Safeguards
  • Employers and Health Information in the Workplace

Target Audience

  • Employee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)





HIPAA stands for "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act" (HIPAA). President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law on August 21, 1996. It is said to be the most significant act of Federal legislation to affect the health care industry since Medicare and Medicaid were rolled out in 1965. The law officially became effective on July 1, 1997.

HIPAA required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations to protect the privacy and security of certain health information.

Who Must Comply With HIPAA Laws

The following is a specific list of who needs to be HIPAA compliant:

  • Covered healthcare providers (hospitals, clinics, regional health services, individual medical practitioners) who carry out transactions in electronic form
  • Healthcare clearinghouses (billing services, repricing companies, community health management information systems, information systems, and value-added networks)
  • Health plans (including insurers, HMOs, Medicaid, Medicare prescription drug card sponsors, flexible spending accounts, public health authority, in addition to employers, schools or universities who collect, store or transmit e-PHI, or electronic protected health information)
  • Company business associates (including private sector vendors and third-party administrators)

Who Is Not Required to Follow These Laws

Many organizations that have health information about you do not have to follow these laws.

Examples of organizations that do not have to follow the Privacy and Security Rules include:

  • Life insurers
  • Employers
  • Workers compensation carriers
  • Most schools and school districts
  • Many state agencies like child protective service agencies
  • Most law enforcement agencies
  • Many municipal offices

Course Components

This course is a summary of key elements of the HIPAA rules and not a complete and comprehensive guide to compliance. Entities regulated by the Rule are obligated to comply with all of its applicable requirements and should not rely on this summary as a source of legal information or advice.


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

Click on the links below to access the modules. You can also click on the links at the top of the page.

Module 1 - HIPAA Overview

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss the scope of the standard and its application.
  • List and define some of the primary terms used in the standard.

Module 2 - Your Personal Rights Under HIPAA

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe the purpose of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
  • Discuss strategies to protect patient privacy.
  • Describe the purpose of the HIPAA Security Rule.
  • Identify "covered entities" under the Security Rule.
  • Discuss how the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules differ.
  • Discuss how the Privacy Rule applies to Protected Health Information (PHI)
  • List the 18 HIPAA Identifiers.

Module 3 - Health Care Provider Responsibilities

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe HIPAA responsibilities for covered entities.
  • Define and describe the function of Health Care Plans, Health Care Clearinghouse, and "Health Care Providers.
  • Describe electronic Protected Health Information (PHI) and how it is covered by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
  • Define "Integrity," and "Availability" as used in the HIPAA Security Rule.
  • Discuss risk analysis activities in the HIPAA Security Rule.
  • Describe the various types of administrative and technical safeguards regarding electronic protected health information (e-PHI).
  • Discuss enforcement of the HIPAA provisions, and associated penalties for non-compliance.

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Course 625 Final Exam

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Take the Final Exam


1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014). HIPAA and OSHA: Whistleblower Complaints.

2. U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. (2006). Health Information Privacy.

3. U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. (2014). HIPAA Privacy Rule: What Employers Need To Know.

4. U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. (2014a). Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

5. U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. (2014b). Health Information Privacy.

6. U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. (2014c). Sharing Health Information With Family Members and Friends.

7. U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. (2014d). A Health Care Provider’s Guide to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

8. Government of Kansas. (2014). HIPAA.

Additional Resources

  • HIPAA Glossary
  • Understanding Health Information Privacy
  • HIPAA for Professionals
  • HIPAA for Individuals
  • Filing a HIPAA Complaint
  • HIPAA in Other Languages
  • HIPAA: Tips For Employers To Identify HIPAA Issues
  • Helping Entities Implement Privacy and Security Protections
  • Frequently Asked Questions:HIPAA