Understanding the HIPAA Training Requirements

Do you understand the HIPAA training requirements? If you don’t, you’re not alone. HIPAA regulations concerning training can become a little vague and some people are unsure what they’re required to have training on or what it even entails. To help, we’re breaking down some of the confusion when it comes to HIPAA training requirements.

Who needs to be trained? Within the HIPAA Privacy Rule, it states training should be to “implement a security awareness and training program for all members of the workforce”. Meaning everyone on staff should receive regular, and adequate training.

What do they need training on? There are so many rules and regulations when it comes to HIPAA, so it’s important to remember that employees need a wide range of training, including but not limited to, the proper handling of Personal Health Information, seeing and reporting suspicious activity and/or any possible violations, what constitutes a violation and how to protect yourself and company from breaches, etc.

What’s the purpose of training? The overall goal of training is to provide a basis of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Since roles vary within a company, training should be tailored to their involvement with PHI or ePHI.

What do you do after training? After training has been provided, it’s critical that it’s documented. When you use HIPAAwise – The van Halem Group Solution, you can regularly document trainings for easy checks if you were to be audited. Within the documentation, the training material should be included, along with the frequency and who received the training.

To learn more about how HIPAAwise can help you with developing training modules or documenting the trainings, visit the website here. For more information about training, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website here.