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HIPAA education and training requirements, mandated under the law, pose a key challenge for most healthcare organizations. Staff education and training is an integral part of the HIPAA implementation and compliance process.

Strategies for developing HIPAA education plans must address a broad spectrum of issues, according to Robert Jenkins, publisher, HIPAA Bulletin for Management.

Under section 164.530, of the HIPAA Administrative requirements, there is the requirement for standard training, Jenkins said.

"A covered entity must train all members of its workforce on the policies and procedures with respect to protected health information required by this subpart, as necessary and appropriate for the members of the workforce to carry out their function within the covered entity," according to the regulations.

Although HIPAA education and training is underway among covered entities, one recent industry survey found, much more needs to be done on an ongoing basis to comply with HIPAA provisions.

The survey found that staff education about the new privacy rule is under way; most organizations have held one or two hours of training on HIPAA privacy regulations for the majority of stakeholders, such as physicians, staff, executives and board members, the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) said.

Fifty-five percent of respondents indicated their board of directors had received one or two hours of HIPAA education, 52 percent indicate the same for staff, while 46 percent report that medical staff had received one or two hours of training on HIPAA privacy, and 42 percent of executive staff has received the same, according to the survey.

However, the survey also indicated that 43 percent of medical staff, 30 percent of board of directors, 31 percent of staff, and 8 percent of executive staff have received no HIPAA privacy training.


To assist managers responsible for developing staff training plans and programs, "Developing HIPAA Awareness and Training Programs For Your Staff," a special audio conference, has been planned for Tuesday, May 21. This professional education program, sponsored by HIPAA Bulletin for Management, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. eastern time.

This program is the result of suggestions by health and managed care executives who have participated in previous conferences as a needed "next step" in assuring that their organizations adapt the work-a-day "cultural" changes necessary to come into compliance with the HIPAA requirements.


  • Randa Upham, director of educational services for the Global Healthcare Division of Covansys
  • Kathleen LePar, senior consultant with Beacon Partners.


In order for organizations to achieve compliance, anyone who comes into contact with protected health information (PHI) needs to be educated about HIPAA compliance procedures, HIPAA experts say. Because HIPAA will entail an ongoing effort, education efforts need to be ongoing as well.


  • How to develop a variety of education techniques, such as classroom-based, computer-based and intranet training methods
  • How to educate all employees about HIPAA and medical privacy and how it affects their jobs.
  • Set up a schedule for periodic reminder sessions
  • Be proactive in your efforts don't just focus on what is required right now, but anticipate and delve into what is going to need to happen overtime
  • The specifics of implementation training
  • Who should be trained
  • What a covered entity must provide in training that meets the HIPAA regulation requirements
  • Timing and training requirements for members of the covered entity's workforce and new members
  • Documentation requirements of the training

Hospitals, health plans, physician practices and clearinghouses have much at stake. Organize your key staff responsible for HIPAA education and training and reserve your conference room. The modest registration fee covers your site so you can include as many staff as necessary.

Mark your calendar now and take a moment to register either online at the program Web site:

Or, call toll-free1-800-516-4343 or fax toll free 1-888-329-6242.

DATE: Tuesday, May 21, 2002

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Mountain
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pacific


CEOs, Operations Executives, HIPAA Task Force Members, Compliance Officers, Privacy Officers, Patient Care Administrators, Team Leaders, Planners, Business Development, Product Managers, Knowledge Managers and Strategic and Implementer Consultants, Hospitals, Health Insurers, Managed Care Organizations, Laboratories, Pharmaceutical Companies, Clearinghouses, Physician Practice Management Executives, Medical Device Manufacturers, Healthcare Technology Companies.

Attend this program, "Developing HIPAA Awareness and Training Programs For Your Staff," right from your office. Enjoy significant savings No travel time or hassle; no hotel expenses. It's so convenient. Invite your staff members. Your registration fee covers your entire site. Include as many individuals from your organization as you wish. There is no additional charge. Gather in a conference room and use a speakerphone.


  • No special equipment is needed. A toll-free number will be provided
  • The Conference will be approximately 90 minutes, with about 30 minutes for a Question-and- Answer period
  • After you register, you will receive instructions on how to dial into the Conference. You also will receive supplemental materials
  • The Conference takes place on Eastern Daylight Time

    Submit Your Questions
    You are invited to submit questions in advance. We will endeavor to answer your questions during the live audio conference. However, time constraints limit the number of questions that can be answered during the Q&A period.

    $189 per site to participate in the live program and receive the conference materials. $239 after May 16.
    $189 for the audio conference recording on CD-ROM and conference materials if you cannot participate in the live program. (Shipped approximately two weeks after the program.)
    Canadian Registrations - $205.
    Other non-us countries based on phone charges

    Deadline to Register: May 16. Late registrations will be charged a non-negotiable $50 additional to cover last minute processing and fulfillment costs..

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