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Tip of the week: Think outside the box when providing HIPAA training to physicians

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 5, 2007

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It isn't news that many physicians are busy and uninterested in HIPAA--which can make training them on privacy and security a real headache. However, approaching physicians with new strategies can improve attendance at training sessions and capture their attention.

Consider the following three tips for training success:

1. Provide food. Take your cue from the pharmaceutical industry and offer free food to lure physicians to sit through your training program.

2. Be flexible/offer options. Offer breakfast or evening sessions, or provide an online program that physicians can work on during their lunch break.

3. Keep it short. Don't waste physicians' time and they'll be more likely to cooperate. You can always supplement a short training session with written materials that physicians can read through at their leisure.

Editor's note: This tip was adapted from the March 2007 issue of Health Information Compliance Insider. For more information, click here.

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