HIPAA and Confidentiality - CE513

HIPAA and Confidentiality

Practice May Change, But Principles Endure

by Catherine E. Jordan, MSA, RN, LNCC and Julie Smith Jonson, JD, BSN, RN
(4.5 / 16543 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Certified Medical Assistants (1.00 Hours)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was implemented in 1996 and has been revised since then. HIPAA can refer to guidelines that protect your ability to maintain your health insurance as you move from job to job or place to place (“portability”). HIPAA can also refer to efforts to simplify the administration of health insurance. These efforts include the creation of national standards for diagnostic terms, insurance forms and provider identification. Perhaps the most common use of the term for healthcare professionals, however, involves protecting the confidentiality and privacy of healthcare information. In this module, you will learn about parts of HIPAA, especially as they concern nursing and other health professionals and the protection of healthcare information. Because you play a key role in the production of healthcare information, you play a key role in its protection.


The purpose of this program is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), especially as it relates to protected health information.
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the intent of HIPAA
  • Implement professional practices that protect patients’ privacy
  • Incorporate practices that protect security of electronic protected health information

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, certified medical assistants, physicians, dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, health educators, laboratory professionals, radiologic technologists, social workers, EMTs and paramedics and respiratory therapists.
Nurses and certified medical assistants: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
Please note: Certified medical assistants can use contact hours earned from this course as non-preapproved CEUs toward recertification with the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Course Originally Released on: 8/11/2003
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/11/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Christine R - Glendale, AZ  ·  Sep 15, 2019
Very informative course and training materials.
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Ashton N - Lakeland, FL  ·  Sep 14, 2019
this course was a good hippa refresher
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Stacy D - Cochin, SK  ·  Sep 13, 2019
Great course to help nurses like me decide what is important patient information to share with fellow colleagues and family members
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Nadine H - sinking spring, PA  ·  Sep 13, 2019
Informative but would have liked to see info on FERPA as well
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Miesha P - Charlotte, NC  ·  Sep 12, 2019
It taught a lot of the history of HIPAA
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Price: $12.00
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