Health Information Management

HIPAA Q&A: You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers!

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 26, 2015

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Submit your HIPAA questions to Editor Jaclyn Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald@hcpro.com and we will work with our experts to provide you with the information you need.

Q: Is it necessary for organizations to provide HIPAA training for all workforce members, even those who are not involved in patient care (e.g., janitorial staff, administration, nonclinical roles)?
 
A: Yes, absolutely. In addition to the aforementioned roles, don't forget to train volunteer and contracted staff. You might be surprised how often these nonclinical staff members are in a position to access PHI. They must be trained in how to handle it just like all other staff and must understand the importance of not sharing any information with those who do not need to know it. I recommend annual, documented training.
 
Editor’s note: Chris Simons, MS, RHIA, director of health information and privacy officer at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, New Hampshire, answered this question for HCPro’s Medical Records Briefing newsletter. This information does not constitute legal advice. Consult legal counsel for answers to specific privacy and security questions.



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