What is HIPAA

The question often asked is, What is HIPAA or What does HIPAA stand for? We provide HIPAA training free and answer these questions on this page and on the links below. HIPAA relates to The HIPAA Privacy Rule which established national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other individually identifiable health information (collectively defined as “protected health information”). This is applicable to covered entities such as health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. In addition this is also applied to business associates who handle protected health information on behalf of covered entities.

HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without an individual’s authorization.

The Rule also gives individuals rights over their protected health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, to direct a covered entity to transmit to a third party an electronic copy of their protected health information in an electronic health record, and to request corrections.

It is important for all covered entities and business associate to fully understand the HIPAA Privacy Rule and how it affects their organization. For more information please follow our links below. HIPAA Associates is happy to make our HIPAA Resources available for your benefit. If you are unable to find the answer to your questions, please feel free to Contact Us or visit our main page.

HIPAA Resources

Our HIPAA Resource section is geared to provide HIPAA training free to all providers interested in learning about the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  Our material is updated regularly, and new sections are added continuously to cover all important topics.

HIPAA Associates is pleased to offer our clients free HIPAA resources.

Please follow the links below for valuable HIPAA resources of use to Covered Entities and Business Associates.

Our introduction to HIPAA will give you the important background information you need to understand the key concepts of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and answer:

What does HIPAA Stand For?

What is HIPAA

All covered entities and business associates must know, “What is HIPAA Certification.”

HIPAA Compliance Certificate

This HIPAA Compliance Checklist will give you the information you need to prepare for HIPAA Compliance in your organization.

HIPAA Compliance Checklist

All organizations who handle PHI must perform a Risk Analysis to determine the risks to Protected Health Information.

Risk Analysis

The Right to Access PHI is a very important topic today which your organization should understand and address.

Access to PHI

Information Blocking must be understood to prevent Right to Access violations.

It is important for all Covered Entities and Business Associates to understand how to safely use and disclose PHI.

Permitted Uses & Disclosures of PHI

Understand how to use Reasonable Safeguards to protect PHI