Introduction to HIPAA

Introduction to HIPAA 

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (known as HIPAA) gives individuals rights and protection over their personal health care information. Allowing unauthorized individuals to see this personal information can have severe consequences for you and your organization, even if it happens by accident. This course will focus on two branches of HIPAA: the privacy rule (which describes what information is protected) and the security rule (which describes the steps that must be taken to protect this information). The goal of this course is to provide all staff with basic information about the principles of confidentiality and specific information about HIPAA privacy and security.



Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

Tennessee Department of Health


Learning activity approved by the Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Health Licensure and Regulation as continuing education for Residential Homes for the Aged and Assisted Care Living Facility administrators. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO2034324

Oregon Department of Human Services


This course is approved as continuing education by the Oregon Department of Human Services in accordance with state regulation 411-057-0140 for Assisted Living Administrators, Residential Care facility Administrators and Memory Care Communities within the State of Oregon. This activity is approved by Oregon Department of Human Services for 0.50 contact hours.

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

National Alliance for Direct Support Professional Frontline Supervisor Training


Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-IHIPAA
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Describe protected health information.
Explain confidentiality and the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule for protecting and releasing information.
Identify best practices for compliance with HIPAA.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Confidential Information

HIPAA Violations

Protected Health Information

Common Identifiers

PHI Protection



Section 3: HIPAA Privacy Rule

Authorization/Consent Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule

Patient Rights

HIPAA Privacy Rule and Preemption

Consider This

The Minimum Necessary Rule

Exceptions to the Minimum Necessary Rule

What Would You Do?

Notice of Privacy Practices

Rights Under HIPAA Privacy Regulations



Section 4: HIPAA Security Rule

HIPAA Breach

Physical Access

Consumer-Related Conversations

PHI on Paper


Consider This

Information Technology

Best Practices for Privacy and Security


Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Instructor: Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer

Ron Orth obtained a nursing degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1985 and a B. A. in Health Care Administration from Concordia University in 1996. Mr. Orth possesses over 30 years of nursing experience with over 20 of those in the Skilled Nursing industry. Mr. Orth has extensive experience in teaching Medicare regulations to healthcare providers both in the US and internationally. Mr. Orth is currently the Director of Curriculum Design for Post-acute Care at Relias. Ron is certified in Healthcare Compliance through the Compliance Certification Board (CCB). Ron has also successfully completed the Infection Control Officer training through the AHCA and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM trainer.

Disclosure: Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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