Both salaried and non-salaried members of the UCSF workforce are required to complete HIPAA privacy and information security training. Founded in 1996 but routinely revised, HIPAA is a federal law, and stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Faculty, staff, postdocs, students, volunteers, and visitors with direct/indirect access to patients are all included, and must undergo various respective training programs.
Is basic HIPAA privacy and security training (i.e. HIPAA 101) sufficient for all employees?
No. Basic training is an important foundation, but the level of training depends on the employee’s access to patients and patient information. For instance, even employees with little or no access to patients (or patient information) are required to take HIPAA 101 (Privacy and Security Module). Employees with more access to patients (or patient information) should take a version of the advanced HIPAA module, while employees with access to the clinical systems would require additional training and approval.
Does the HIPAA law require any sort of proof of training certificate or wallet card?
Not at this time. However, there are several departments that may require additional security training for access to their electronic information resources. These departments may require (or provide) a security training certificate.
Is HIPAA refresher training required?
Yes. Workforce members receive HIPAA training upon hire; regular refresher training sessions are mandatory and encouraged as the Federal Regulations or State Privacy Laws change. The Office of HIPAA Compliance provides training for departments, programs, or staff upon request.
Is HIPAA training required for "temp" employees?
Yes. Employers should train all full-time and part-time employees, as well as temp employees or extra help, so as to be covered by HIPAA regulations.
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Very convenient, multiple employees don’t need to be pulled off the floor at once for a training session.
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More engaging than traditional training formats.
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