Patient Privacy and HIPAA Overview for Professionals

This course is designed to provide the health care professionals knowledge on the basic Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rule related to ensuring patients right for privacy and security of their personal health information.
The Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act rules are more stringent than ever before. Every person who works with patients or comes in contact with a patient's protected health information - whether direct caregivers, billing clerks, office staff, or CEO - will be held to a higher standard of accountability for keeping confidential information private. It is critical for all health care workers to receive information to reduce the risk and vulnerabilities associated with patient data privacy and security.

With advances in medical record documentation and storage, ensuring privacy and security of individual's health information is even more critical and challenging. The stakes are high as criminal and civil penalties for improper use or disclosure of medical information are increasing as well. It is critical that every employee, even those with limited access to patient information, become familiar with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule requirements.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 80% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Identify the basic requirements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules
  • Describe the applicable sanctions for violating the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
  • Explain when patient protected health information may or may not be used and/or disclosed.
  • Define a covered entity and a business associate as it relates to Protected Health Information.
  • State the individual rights granted by HIPAA.
  • Describe the standards used for determining when state law preempts HIPAA.
  • Identify commons situations in which breaches occur and the appropriate responses.
Contact Time

2 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 2 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of health care professionals such as Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.

Course Planning Team

Kathy L. Richie, RN, BSN; Kristi Kiehne; MBA; Robert W. Markette, Jr. CHC

Course Expiration Date

As required by ANCC, this continuing nursing education activity must carry an expiration date. You must complete the content, Final Quiz and Course Survey on or before that day. The last day to successfully complete this course and receive a Certificate of Completion will be December 31, 2023.

NCPD - Nursing Continuing Professional Development
Rochester Community & Technical College is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Provider Approval Number: WICEAP-0149-007
Disclosure Statements:

Commercial Support: This course was developed in accordance with ANCC Commercial Support Guidelines. No commercial support was accepted for the development of this course.

Non-endorsement of Products and Off Label Use: This course provides a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names is always considered before using trade names. Consequently, if trade names are necessary, when available, we will use trade names from several companies. RCTC and the course planning team do not endorsed any products or drugs that may be mentioned in this course.

Author Originating

Robert W. Markette, Jr. - CHC

For more than ten years, Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHC, has focused his practice on representing home health, hospice and private duty providers in all aspects of their operations. With more than a decade of experience in working with the home health, hospice and private duty industries, Robert has developed a reputation for understanding the issues facing homecare providers.

In representing the homecare industry, Robert has assisted clients in a number of areas related to the operation of their business. He works with his client on issues related to Medicare/Medicaid compliance including surveys, responding to surveys, state and federal appeals of survey findings; payer issues, including appealing payer audit findings; HIPAA Compliance; Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, including matters such as developing and implementing compliance programs, performing internal investigations and representing providers in external investigations and civil and criminal matters.

Robert is certified in health care compliance by the Health Care Compliance Board. He is also a frequent speaker on home health, hospice and private duty matters across the country, presenting to the American Health Lawyers Association and the National Association for Home Health and Hospice Care, as well as other national speaking events and numerous state trade association conferences and continuing education sessions.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Course Category
Home Health