Health Information Management

HIPAA training materials for state attorneys general now available online

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 11, 2012

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released its HIPAA enforcement training material developed for state attorneys general — and it could be useful for all involved with HIPAA privacy and security compliance.

“Although developed for state AGs, the training materials provide a great deal of information about the content and enforcement of the HIPAA Rules that may be of interest to a broader audience,” OCR said on its website.

The training materials now available through the OCR website include videos and slides from in-person training sessions for state AGs that OCR conducted in 2011, as well as computer-based training modules. Topics include:
  • General introduction to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules
  • Analysis of the impact of the HITECH Act on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules
  • Investigative techniques for identifying and prosecuting potential violations
  • A review of HIPAA and state law
  • OCR’s role in enforcing the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules
  • SAG roles and responsibilities under HIPAA and the HITECH Act
  • Resources for SAG in pursuing alleged HIPAA violations
  • HIPAA enforcement support and results
The Health Information Technology for Clinical and Economic Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, gave state AGs the authority to bring civil actions on behalf of state residents for violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

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