Online Class: HIPAA Compliance 101

In this course, you will gain a thorough understanding of HIPAA--the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

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Course Description

Mastering HIPAA: Ensuring Privacy, Portability, and Protection in Healthcare

HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, isn't just another piece of legislation. It's the backbone of healthcare data protection and insurance portability in the U.S., representing a paradigm shift in the approach to safeguarding patient information and ensuring continuity in healthcare. Dive deep into the intricacies of HIPAA with our meticulously curated course designed for healthcare professionals, administrators, and anyone keen to explore this crucial aspect of modern healthcare.

Why this Course is a Must-Have:

  1. Historical Context: Traverse the legislative journey of HIPAA, understanding its roots, motivations, and the transformative changes it brought to the healthcare sector.

  2. Detailed Modules: Enjoy a granular breakdown of HIPAA's components, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of its dual facets: Health Coverage Access and Administrative Simplification.

  3. Hands-On Learning: Our course doesn't just feed you information. Through interactive modules, quizzes, and practical scenarios, you'll be equipped to navigate the intricate maze of HIPAA requirements with confidence.

Inside HIPAA:

  • Title 1 - Health Coverage Access and Portability: Discover how HIPAA transformed the insurance landscape, guaranteeing individuals' rights to coverage even amidst job changes, and especially vital for those with pre-existing conditions. Revisit a time when changing jobs could mean risking health coverage, understand the challenges faced, and appreciate the monumental changes that Title 1 ushered in.

  • Title 2 - Administrative Simplification: Enter the world of patient data protection. Learn the significance of protecting sensitive patient health records, insurance claims, and the evolution of regulations governing electronic patient record systems. The birth of Title 2 wasn't straightforward, and its evolution is a testimony to the dynamic nature of health information needs and technology's role.

  • From State to Federal: Before HIPAA's universal standards, there were fragmented state-level privacy laws. Delve into why a unified, federal approach was essential and how it provided much-needed clarity and strength to data privacy protocols.

  • Streamlining Medical Administration: Understand how HIPAA addressed the complexities that plagued clinics and medical establishments, standardizing electronic patient records and simplifying medical administration processes.

  • Privacy Rule Evolution: Track the changes in the "Privacy Rule" since its inception, exploring the reasons for its iterations and the resulting impact on healthcare practices and patient rights.

  • Understanding PHI: Unravel the nuances of Protected Health Information (PHI), its importance, the restrictions surrounding it, and the rights patients have regarding their data.


In an era of digital transformation, where data breaches make headlines, understanding HIPAA isn't just essential—it's critical. This course isn't just about grasping a piece of legislation; it's about appreciating the sanctity of patient information, the fundamental rights to health coverage, and the ethics of healthcare.

Join us in this enlightening journey through HIPAA, refining your knowledge, honing your skills, and upholding the highest standards of healthcare practices. Become not just a healthcare professional but an ambassador for patient rights and data protection.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: HIPAA Policy Background

In this lesson, you will learn about the origin of HIPAA, including the initial failure of Congress to enact privacy protection for medical records and transactions. Additional lesson topics: Origin of HIPAA 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Poll 2 ~ Lesson 1; Poll 1 ~ Lesson 1; Poll 3 ~ Lesson 3; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Covered Entities Under HIPAA

In this lesson you will learn about "covered entities" in the context of HIPAA. We will examine the sometime complex relationships between health care practitioners, insurance plans, and business associates. Additional lesson topics: Health Information Privacy 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: What Is Protected Health Information?

In this lesson, we will examine Protected Health Information in more detail. You will be given examples of PHI and learn how to de-identify health information, as well as what can be shared with the consent of the patient. Additional lesson topics: Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Sharing PHI Without Patient Notification

In this lesson, you will learn the specific situations which do not require patient notification or authorization in order to release protected health information. Additional lesson topics: Privacy and Business Associates 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Obtaining Patient Authorization

In this lesson you will learn about the scenarios in which a patient authorization form is required under the privacy rule before a disclosure is made. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Understanding "Minimum Necessary"

In this lesson, we will examine the term "minimum necessary," as defined by HIPAA. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Publicizing HIPAA Compliance and Informing Patients

This lesson will cover the responsibility of the covered entity to provide the patient with a copy of their privacy policy, which outlines their adherence to HIPAA guidelines. Additional lesson topics: Informing Patients of Privacy Rights 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Patient Rights and Access to PHI

In this lesson, we will review patient rights, including the right to access and amend PHI found in their patient records, as well as the right to restrict disclosures and request an accounting of any disclosures made. Additional lesson topics: Uses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Poll 1 ~ Lesson 8
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Administrative Requirements of Adhering to HIPAA

In this lesson, we will cover the administrative responsibilities that must be carried out by health care practitioners and facilities to be in compliance with HIPAA. Additional lesson topics: HIPAA Compliance Program Solutions 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: HIPAA's Administrative Simplification Regulations

In this lesson, you will learn about the additional Administrative Simplification Regulations outlined in the HIPAA legislation, including the use of national provider identification numbers, and specific billing regulations for Medicare. Additional lesson topics: HIPAA Administrative Simplification Statute and Rules 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Poll 1 ~ Lesson 10
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Enforcement and Penalties

In this lesson, you will learn about the investigative and disciplinary measures taken to ensure HIPAA compliance among covered entities. In addition, you will be given examples of non-compliance, and the resulting prosecution and fines. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: HIPAA in Action

In this lesson, you will get a glimpse of HIPAA applied in real world situations. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Poll 1 ~ Lesson 12; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize HIPAA policy background.
  • Identify covered entities under HIPAA.
  • Describe what is protected health information.
  • Summarize sharing PHI without patient notification.
  • Describe obtaining patient authorization.
  • Describe publicizing HIPAA compliance and informing patients.
  • Recognize patient rights and access to PHI.
  • Summarize administrative requirements of adhering to HIPAA.
  • Identify enforcement and penalties of HIPAA.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: HIPAA Compliance 101
Course Number: 8900352
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (2,760 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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  • "Instructor was very quick to respond." -- Lynn E.
  • "Good job. I also liked the extra resources offered with the course material." -- Shannon N.
  • "It was great having an instructor with the CPC designation. It gave me confidence that this course is necessary. The written assignments forced me to pay attention to the detail of what I was reading and the exams reinforced my learning of the information." -- Carolyn D.
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