Tuesday, June 5, 2012
HIPAA Training Materials for State Attorneys General Now Available Online
The Health Information Technology for Clinical and Economic Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, gave State Attorneys General (State AGs) the authority to bring civil actions on behalf of state residents for violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. OCR developed HIPAA Enforcement Training to help State Attorneys General and their staff use their new authority to enforce the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
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 that can be downloaded and saved to your own computer. 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. 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
Click here to learn more about the HIPAA Enforcement Training for State AGs and to view training materials. http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/sag/index.html
NOTE: We are seeing the beginning of more involvement by State Attorney Generals and HIPAA Security and HITECH. This training will continue that thrend.