HIPAA Training for Texas Regulations
Training employees and others who come into contact with protected health information (PHI) is an essential step in complying with the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA). In addition to this federal law, the Texas Medical Privacy Act (TMPA) provides additional protections in some areas for how sensitive personal information is handled.
Both HIPAA and the TMPA apply to Covered Entities (CE) and Business Associates (BA).
Under HIPAA, CEs are health plans, healthcare providers and similar entities. BAs are people or entities that provide a service to a CE, and come into contact with an individual’s PHI. Under the TMPA, CEs are any individual or organization that assembles, collects, analyzes, stores or transmits PHI of state residents. BAs are nearly always considered CEs under the TMPA.
Providing regular training and education on HIPAA and the TMPA’s state requirements can help organizations reduce the risk of privacy and security breaches — whether intentional or unintentional — and avoid costly penalties and reputational damage.
Online Training: HIPAA for Texas Regulations
This course explains the basic principles of HIPAA and the TMPA and is available in two versions — HIPAA for Texas Regulations for Business Associates (35 min) and HIPAA for Texas Regulations for Covered Entities (45 min). In 6 interactive episodes, learners gain insights and practical information about keeping healthcare information private and secure. Viewer email questions and eLearning interactions and quizzes reinforce key concepts by engaging and motivating learners to earn points for correct answers.
The course covers these topics and more:
- What is HIPAA?
- What is the Texas Medical Privacy Act (TMPA)?
- Who is covered under HIPAA and the TMPA?
- Protected Health Information (PHI)
- Requirements of Business Associates and Covered Entities
- Privacy Rule and PHI
- Security Rule
- Breach Notification Rule
- Authorization and Disclosure
- Safe Password Practices
- Penalties for not complying with HIPAA and the TMPA
HIPAA for Texas Regulations for Covered Entities addresses the additional responsibilities of CEs under HIPAA and the TMPA.
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