HIPAA Certification is a term commonly used by many vendors today claiming the ability to certify organizations on HIPAA and make them HIPAA Compliant. However, this is a misconception actively addressed by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with oversight of the HIPAA Regulations.
The Department of Health & Human services (HHS) and OCR have made it clear that in regard to HIPAA certification they do not endorse any private consultants’ or education providers’ seminar, material, or systems, and do not certify any persons or products as “HIPAA compliant.” Most importantly, the Privacy Rule does not require attendance at any specific seminars. In addition, the OCR has taken a further step and indicated that anyone making false or misleading representations about HHS or OCR in regard to HIPAA training and compliance may be reported to the OCR.
HIPAA Associates does not claim to offer HIPAA certification. Instead, we offer a HIPAA Compliance training program created with the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule in mind. In other words, our training is based on in-depth knowledge of the law and the benefit of many years of experience working with HIPAA and the OCR. These courses include information on best practices and cover all of the necessary information you will need to understand the basic concepts of HIPAA. We follow the intent of the OCR in all of our training programs.