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'As the healthcare industry rapidly migrates to a paperless future in which individual health information is recorded, maintained, and transmitted electronically, the need to secure that information grows. Because unauthorized access to private health information could have dangerous ramifications for individuals, healthcare professionals, and many businesses, Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996 with the goal of protecting such information.

One of HIPAA’s main provisions, the Security Rule, outlines the standards for protecting electronic health information that health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and many healthcare providers are required to follow. As of 2006, all entities that fall under the law’s purview must be in compliance with these standards and their accompanying implementation specifications. Given the harsh penalties for non-compliance, covered entities must take great care to learn the law’s requirements and adhere to them. This online course outlines in detail the various provisions of the HIPAA Security Rule to facilitate the complicated but necessary process of compliance with this far-reaching federal law.


Managers, Supervisors, and Employees of businesses that handle electronic protected health information.


250 minutes


To instruct employees who handle electronic protected health information in following the policies and implementing the practices required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.


After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • explain the history of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the reasons for its adoption;

  • outline the structure of HIPAA and relate its provisions to other federal regulations;

  • define and identify who is considered a covered entity under HIPAA and therefore subject to its regulations;

  • define Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI) and distinguish between what is and what is not EPHI;

  • outline the structure of the HIPAA Security Rule;

  • define the standards that serve as the goals of the Security Rule;

  • distinguish between standards and implementation specifications, as contained in HIPAA;

  • define the terms "required" and "addressable" as they apply to HIPAA''s implementation specifications;

  • define and apply HIPAA''s Administrative Safeguards in the management of EPHI;

  • apply the principles of risk analysis and risk management in observing HIPAA''s Security Rule;

  • define and apply HIPAA''s Physical Safeguards in the management of EPHI;

  • define and apply HIPAA''s Technical Safeguards in the management of EPHI;

  • define and apply HIPAA''s Organizational Requirements in the management of EPHI;

  • define and apply HIPAA''s Policies and Procedures and Documentation Requirements in the management of EPHI; and

  • identify the range of penalties for HIPAA violations.


  1. The History of HIPAA’s Enactment and Subsequent Interpretation

  2. Who Are Covered Entities under HIPAA?

  3. What Constitutes Electronic Protected Health Information

  4. The Structure of the Security Rule

  5. The Distinctions between Standards and Implementation Specifications

  6. “Required” v. “Addressable” Implementation Specifications

  7. Defining and Applying HIPAA’s Administrative, Physical, and Technical Safeguards

  8. Defining and Applying HIPAA’s Organizational Requirements

  9. Defining and Applying HIPAA’s Policies and Procedures and Documentation Requirements

  10. Identifying the Penalties for HIPAA Non-Compliance


  • Covered Entity Chart

  • Interview and Document Request for HIPAA Security Onsite Investigations and Compliance Reviews

  • Security Standards: Matrix


This program has been approved for 4.00 recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at www.hrci.org.


The Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and Education has accredited this course for 5.00 hours of General Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. For more information about credit hours, visit The Florida Bar homepage at www.flabar.org.

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