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Availity Offers On-Demand HIPAA Training


9.12.2016 by AVAILITY


Online resource offers individual training for under $20 and volume discounts for large practices

Jacksonville, Fla. September 13, 2016 – Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, announced the availability of a low-cost online education series that will help physician practices meet HIPAA training requirements.

“The security and handling of protected patient information is mission critical for any practice,” said Karin Lindgren, SVP, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Availity. “One of the most important ways to guard against patient privacy violations is to ensure staff receives ongoing education and training on the latest threats and regulations.”

Available in the Availity Learning Center, the on-demand HIPAA training is priced at $19.99 per person, and volume discounts are available for practices that buy in bulk (100+). Hosted by patient privacy expert Mike Sacopulos, CEO of Medical Risk Institute, the topics covered in the specialty specific training include:

  • Medical: HIPAA as a patient safety issue, increased enforcement and penalties, areas of most common breaches, basic cyber hygiene, breach responses, Business Associate privacy risks, basic HIPAA for pediatric patients, information requests from friends and patient referrals to specialists.
  • Mental health: Current firearm requirements, family communication for unstable and at-risk patients, law enforcement communication, and treatment for patients that cannot provide consent. Includes core content from the medical training.
  • Surgical: Mobile device communication with patients post-surgery, conversations with friends and family post-surgery, issues related to patients incapacitated by anesthetic, and retention and destruction of former patient charts and records. Includes core content from the medical training.
  • Business Associates: Who is a Business Associate, why Business Associates should worry about compliance, Business Associate agreement’s terms, and handling breaches with healthcare providers. Includes core content from the medical training.

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCS) requires security and privacy training for all who come in contact with protected health information (PHI) and conducts audits to ensure industry-wide compliance. Individuals and staff members who successfully complete the training and pass the assessment will receive a certificate of HIPAA training completion. The Availity Learning Center electronically tracks these results should practices need verification.

Individuals can register for the HIPAA on-demand training in the Availity Learning Center. Availity Web Portal users can log in to the Availity Web Portal and click Help|Get Trained. For more information on the sessions or the volume discounts, please e-mail availitylearning@availity.com.

About Availity

As an industry-leading, HITRUST-certified health care information technology company, Availity serves an extensive network of health plans, providers, and technology partners nationwide through a suite of dynamic products built on a powerful, intelligent platform. Availity integrates and manages the clinical, administrative, and financial data needed to fuel real-time coordination between providers, health plans, and patients in a growing value-based care environment. Facilitating over 7 million transactions daily, Availity's ability to provide accurate, timely, and relevant information is vital to the financial success of its clients.

For more information, including an online demonstration, please visit www.availity.com or call 1.800.AVAILITY (282.4548).

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