The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly called HIPAA, protects the confidentiality and security of healthcare information. HIPAA creates and protects individual privacy rights for protected health information and governs the use and disclosure of that information. In this course you will learn about HIPAA, violations of HIPAA, and steps to take to prevent these violations. Unless otherwise noted, the information for this course is sourced from the HIPAA Administrative Requirements and HIPAA Privacy and Security laws (Department of Health and Human Services, 2013).
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: HIPAA Overview A. What is HIPAA? B. HIPAA Requirements C. Covered Entities D. Business Associates E. What is Protected Health Information? F. De-Identification G. Permitted Uses and Disclosures of PHI H. Breaches I. Breach Notification Requirements J. HIPAA Penalties K. Steps to Avoid HIPAA Violations Section 3: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. Congratulations!
Linda Weaver, Ph.D., J.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of New Mexico. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She has over 30 years’ experience in behavioral health, which includes serving as the HIPAA privacy officer for a large behavioral health care organization. Currently, Dr. Weaver consults with large employers regarding the implementation of behavioral health best practices consistent with health care’s complex legal framework. Disclosure: Linda Weaver, PhD, JD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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