COURSE LIBRARY

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIPAA Regulations protect sensitive healthcare and personal information

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, was introduced to address the problems that can arise with health insurance when someone changes jobs or becomes uninsured for any period of time. The most profound impact to community pharmacies was a requirement that they take steps to ensure the privacy of all patient information, the security of any data stored or transmitted electronically and to notify a patient when there has been a breach so that they might take steps against identify theft.

Explain what HIPAA is and the effect that HIPAA has on pharmacy operations,
Define Protected Health Information, List the patient’s rights under HIPAA,
Explain the contents of a Notice of Privacy Practice and understand to whom the notice must be given, Understand how to maintain privacy when interacting with a patient’s family, friends and caregivers, and List safeguards to maintain patient privacy in day-to-day pharmacy operations.


Duration: 15 min. CE Credits: NA Chapters: 1

This course will provide learners with competency in designing, implementing and administering comprehensive privacy and security protection programs. The course also covers important changes to the HIPAA legislation, which were enacted as part of the passage of the 2009 HITECH Act and 2013 Omnibus final rule changes. This course meets all HIPAA/Omnibus final rule regulations.


Course Objectives:

  • Understand what HIPAA means, how it affects your organization, and changes in policies, and procedures in the handling of patient records.
  • Explain the differences in the HIPAA rules due to the 2009 HITECH Act and 2013 Omnibus final rule changes.
  • Examine how implementing HIPAA will affect the way health care entities organize and staff to achieve and monitor compliance with patient
    privacy/confidentiality needs.
  • Learn how to plan and prepare for HIPAA compliance.

Duration: 45 min. CE Credits: .75 Chapters: 3

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, was introduced to address the problems that can arise with health insurance when someone changes jobs or becomes uninsured for any period of time. The most profound impact to community pharmacies was a requirement that they take steps to ensure the privacy of all patient information, the security of any data stored or transmitted electronically and to notify a patient when there has been a breach so that they might take steps against identify theft.

Explain what HIPAA is and the effect that HIPAA has on pharmacy operations,
Define Protected Health Information, List the patient’s rights under HIPAA,
Explain the contents of a Notice of Privacy Practice and understand to whom the notice must be given, Understand how to maintain privacy when interacting with a patient’s family, friends and caregivers, and List safeguards to maintain patient privacy in day-to-day pharmacy operations.


This course also describes the security challenges related to texting in healthcare. Texting compliance is an emerging concept in the medical community. Topics covered will include secure texting, relevant regulations, and storage of data. This course will also provide healthcare professionals with information regarding the basics of messaging and privacy laws, which help ensure a safe and private environment when sending electronic information.
During this course, we will discuss the use of social media in the healthcare environment. Topics covered will include social media’s benefits and potential risks related to HIPAA. This course will also provide insight regarding the necessary internal procedures related to HIPAA compliance, how to mitigate risk, as well as potential consequences of HIPAA violations related to the use of social media.


Course Objectives:

  • Recognize the benefits and complications of social media in healthcare.
  • Understand how HIPAA applies to the use of social media in healthcare.
  • Know how text messaging can affect the healthcare community.
  • Explain the Joint Commission’s stance on text messaging.

Duration: 30 min. CE Credits: .5 Chapters: 2

During this course, we will discuss the specific requirements that have been set forth through the enactment of the Texas House Bill 300 (HB 300). Topics covered include the legislations’ background, the description of covered entities as defined by HB 300, training requirements, and applicable penalties for violating the provisions of HB 300.


Course Objectives:

  • Know the background of HB 300.
  • Understand the compliance requirements of HB 300.
  • Define covered entities as they pertain to HB 300.
  • Identify potential enforcement actions for violation of HB 300.

Duration: 15 min. CE Credits: .25 Chapters: 1

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Duration: 1 hr. Chapters: 4