HIPAA Compliance is a mandate under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The HITECH Act Section 1176 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d–5) expands the enforcement of the HIPAA privacy rules. The HITECH Act substantially increases monetary fines and sanctions of a covered entity for violations of the law. Civil money penalties have increased to up to $50,000 per violation, or as much as $1.5 million per year. The penalties for a breach of protected health information are substantial. A healthcare provider must ensure the confidentiality and security of HIPAA email it holds. This is why it is of the utmost importance to properly train your employees in the proper procedure stipulated in the HIPAA laws.
HIPAA training is available online and is ideal for medical providers to take advantage of this cost effective training. Both basic and advanced administrative courses are offered. The basic training may be accomplished in as little as 30 minutes. More advanced training regarding security and administration for business entities using an EMR system may be provided onsite by your EMR system. When money is tight the online HIPAA training is both cost effective and will ensure that the staff is HIPAA-compliant. The online training is accompanied with an exam and those passing the test are awarded a HIPAA certificate. This is important documentation should your organization be traged with a HIPAA audit.