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Dallas, TX 75240
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The privacy of individual medical information is safe guarded by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that prohibits any unauthorized access. There are various people who are generally able to access confidential information pertaining to an individual who seeks medical treatment.
There have been several instances where this information has been misused for marketing purposes. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a federal act that stipulates that all individuals who are able to access this vital piece of information need to be trained so that misuse is prevented.
10 Steps In Training Employees in HIPAA
1. All employees who handle protected information would need to be trained in class room environment during the orientation period. The employers can create easy to follow power point presentations that will list all the steps of the training program. Such presentations would make it easier for the employees to understand the various steps involved in the training process.
2. There should be separate sections on the various provisions of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Each section of the training can also throw light on how these regulations will apply to the organization or health care providers.
3. The training sessions should also have real life scenarios and case studies that will help the employees gain knowledge about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
4. Each health care provider or health insurance company has different polices regarding the regulations that need to be followed. The training should also emphasize on the policy of the company regarding HIPAA.
5. All the training material that is required can be downloaded from the HIPAA website. Employees can be provided with hard copies of these materials so that they are able to understand the policies better.
6. As employees will be accessing and storing all the protected information using the electronic medium it is important that they are also provided training on the use of computers.
7. The importance of safeguarding this protected information through passwords should also be taught to employees. They should be trained on how to access this information and how to restrict its use by unauthorized people.
8. Whenever a new employee is hired by health care providers, the federal law stipulates that they be trained. The training that needs to be provided to the new employees need not be longer than one hour. The employer can use the online medium to give this training.
9. They should also be taught that they are not to mention any patient information to anyone as part of the training program.
10. There are usually various sections of the training program, and when an individual successfully passes the examination after completing the training they will receive the caregiver certification requirements.
It is the responsibility of the employer to provide employees with information pertaining to any updates of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Employees can be given this information as printed copies or it can be sent to them in their email accounts. Print this list out to keep handy for your staff.