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

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 9, 2015

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Q: How often are staff members at hospitals required to have HIPAA training after the initial training has occurred?

A: There is no set requirement. Your policies, based on a documented risk assessment, should guide you. Best practice, though, is at orientation and at least annually. You can't do too much education. I also like to go to department meetings on an ad hoc basis as issues arise. You can do net learnings, contests, and newsletters too—be as creative as you can. Don't forget to document your training activities. These show due diligence should a breach occur.

Editor's note: Chris Simons, MS, RHIA, HIM Director and Privacy Officer, Maine General Medical Center, Augusta, Maine, answered this question for HCPro’s Medical Records Briefings newsletter. This information does not constitute legal advice. Consult legal counsel for answers to specific privacy and security questions.

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