In-service training on HIPAA and the Privacy RulePRI

In-service training on HIPAA and the Privacy RulePRI

According to Nass, Levit and Gostin (2009), HIPAA in-service training entails coaching of practitioners on the job on compliance of various aspects of HIPAA such as what HIPAA require. Nurses receive in-house training on the legislation that avails data privacy. Beaver and Herold (2004) explain that the privacy rule, which was christened the Standards for privacy of Individual Identifiable Information, creates a platform for national standards to safeguard patient’s confidential health information.

Why is HIPAA important, and why is the Privacy Rule important?

HIPAA act ensures that patient protection is guaranteed. Moreover, HIPAA covers individuals with pre-existing conditions (Nass et al., 2009). Privacy of patient’s medical and billing records is ensured courtesy of the HIPAA. The privacy rule is imperative because it stipulates national standards that all medical institutions should adhere to, to ensure safeguarding of patient medical data.

Is HIPAA the only set of rules or laws that govern client privacy issues, and is it more powerful than state laws?

Patient privacy is not the only set of rules governing client privacy. There is also state law, which are also enacted to ensure protection of patient’s privacy.  Nass et al., (2009)  claim that in most cases state laws are more powerful relative to HIPAA. Nass et al., (2009) explain that state laws takes precedence and are not pre-empted by HIPAA. The state law avails more protection to clients making it take precedence over HIPAA.


What responsibilities do chemical dependency counsellors have to their clients as a result of HIPAA? Include minimum necessary information

Chemical dependency counsellors are bound by HIPAA act to undertake maintenance of confidential accurate and organized medical files for each client (Opus Communications & HCPro, 2001). The practitioners should maintain the files private. Moreover, the counsellors are required to comply with HIPAA documentation requirement policies and procedures.

What are the exceptions to client confidentiality?

According to Opus Communications and HCPro (2001), the following are the exceptions of client confidentiality:

  • Express authorization by the client to disclose
  • When the solicitor has permission or is persuaded by law to disclose
  • Disclosure of information to the solicitor insurer, associated body or law practice
  • Disclosure of information by the solicitor to avoid commission of a serious felony

What is informed consent?

It is a scenario where medical practitioners such as doctors provide information to a client regarding a particular treatment to allow the client make a decision on whether he or she will undergo the treatment or the test (Beaver & Herold, 2004). The HIPAA act underscore on the need to inform a patient to make a client understand the benefits as well as the risks of treatment.


Beaver, K., & Herold, R. (2004). The practical guide to HIPAA privacy and security compliance. Boca Raton: Auerbach Publications.

Nass, S., Levit, L., & Gostin, L. (2009). Beyond the Hipaa Privacy Rule: Enhancing Privacy, Improving Health Through Research. National Academies P.

Opus Communications & HCPro (Firm). (2001). Briefings on HIPAA. Marblehead, MA: Opus Communications.

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