Make Sure HIPAA Isn’t a Big Problem For Your Small Practice
By David Doolittle

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Are you just opening up a small practice or have you hired staff at an existing small practice?

Want to make sure everybody on your team is familiar with at least the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA? You better want to, because you need to.

To help you get a grasp on the basics of the federal privacy law, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights is offering free training in Texas.

The training will cover the privacy, security, and breach notification rules, including: 

  • Rights of individuals;
  • Administrative requirements;
  • Safeguards;
  • Enforcement updates;
  • Risk analysis; and
  • Risk management. 

Training will be held in May at the following locations:

  •  El Paso: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday, June 5; El Paso Public Library, 501 N. Oregon
  • Houston: 10 am to 2 pm Friday, June 8; Mickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith St. 

The deadline to register is May 18. To reserve a seat, email Marcie.Stanley[at]hhs[dot]gov.

More information on HIPAA, including continuing medical education (CME) courses, white papers, and links to HIPAA consulting services, can be found at TMA's HIPAA Resource Center.

Remember, Texas law requires HIPAA training within 90 days of hiring employees "as necessary and appropriate for employees to carry out (their) duties." It requires additional training within a year after any relevant change in state or federal law regarding protected health information (PHI) takes effect. 

HIPAA has required training for employees since 2003 "as necessary and appropriate for them to carry out their functions," within a reasonable time after hiring, and updated as needed. 

Be sure to document the training, and keep signed attendance records for six years, per state law.


Last Updated On

May 09, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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