HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and this act was first brought by congress in 1996 in U.S. This act was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Since this act came into existence, there is always confusion among many about it. The first question that arises is what is HIPAA certification? Does my organization need HIPAA certification? Let’s answer these questions about HIPAA certification.
What is HIPAA Compliance Certification?
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certification state that any health care organization, covered entities, and business entities should meet the standards of the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules of HIPAA. Usually, this means a third-party certification company conducts an audit of your organization to see if your practices match up with HIPAA requirements. HIPAA certification simply means that any health care organization must meet, understand and follow all aspects of HIPAA Rules. Today many organizations claim that they are HIPAA compliant or in some cases, that they are ‘HIPAA Certified’ but in actual ‘HIPAA Certified’ is a misnomer. Basically HIPAA compliance is an ongoing process. Any covered entities or business associates that follow HIPAA compliance today does not mean that they will be tomorrow or in the future.
Health care organizations and business associates in the U.S need to understand HIPAA compliance. There are many private companies that offer private certifications in HIPAA compliance. Though these certifications are not approved by the federal government, organizations need to understand what to do in order to choose the right certification.
Types of HIPAA certification
Privacy and Security Awareness Training: – All health care organizations must tell their employees about the privacy and security of the PHI of the covered individuals. Under HIPAA compliance it is important to protect and safeguard the PHI. Privacy and Security Awareness Training covers cybersecurity awareness training as well as role-based information security training for executives, IT administrators, and managers. Though, this training certification is not recognized by the federal government.
Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP):- This certification program covers the basic learning of HIPAA compliance. From the history of the law to its codes and specifications, every information about HIPAA compliance is given in this program to employees at healthcare organizations who have access to personal health information.
Certified HIPAA Administrator (CHA):- This is an important certification program that teaches about HIPAA compliance in depth. The main focus under this program is about the Privacy Rule and it also focuses on the ways in which the HIPAA legislation affects individuals and the disclosure of their sensitive health care information.
Certified HIPAA Security Specialist (CHSS):- This is a higher-level certification and requires that applicants already hold a Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) certification. The program is designed for IT workers working in the health care field. It teaches about the security standards and practices and how to handle and store electronic health data and information.