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Course Description

In this course, you will gain a thorough understanding of HIPAA- the "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act". Included are modules explaining the legislative origin of HIPAA, which providers are covered under the act, as well as the steps necessary to protect patient information and request disclosures. 

In addition, we will examine the measures needed to maintain HIPAA compliance and understand the compliance auditing, violation and investigation processes. We will also present some case studies of patients who have complained of HIPAA violations, which resulted in lawsuits and fines for the providers.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: HIPAA Policy Background

Lesson 2: Covered Entities under HIPAA

Lesson 3: What is Protected Health Information?

Lesson 4: Sharing PHI without Patient Notification

Lesson 5: Obtaining Patient Authorization

Lesson 6: Understanding Minimum Necessary

Lesson 7: Publicizing HIPAA Compliance and Informing Patients

Lesson 8: Patient Rights and Access to PHI

Lesson 9: Administrative Requirements of Adhering to HIPAA

Lesson 10: HIPAA's Administrative Simplification Regulations

Lesson 11: Enforcement and Penalties

Lesson 12: HIPAA in Action

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class .

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

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

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment5
Lesson 1 Exam9
Lesson 2 Assignment5
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Assignment2
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment2
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Exam10
The Final Exam35
Total Points:168

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