BridgeFront HIPAA Education Now Updated with Omnibus Rule Information

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BridgeFront announces its HIPAA Online Education is now updated with the Omnibus Rule information. Federal regulations require that covered entities and business associates provide refresher and annual training for staff on HIPAA Privacy and Security.

"We rely on BridgeFront's HIPAA training to ensure all new employees understand the key aspects of HIPAA that are relevant to our company. The ability to quickly assign a course and track course progress and completion makes the process seamless." - NCQA

BridgeFront’s HIPAA online education is now updated with all regulation changes from the Omnibus Rule. Here are the most critical changes that students will now see in our HIPAA education:

  • The rule was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013. It updates enforcement, security, breach and privacy requirements.
  • The effective date is March 23, 2013. Final date when both covered entities and business associates must comply is September 23, 2013.
  • Extends all HIPAA Security requirements to business associates.
  • Extends penalties for non-compliance to a maximum of $1.5 million per violation.
  • Extends breach notification requirements to business associates.
  • Requires both covered entities and business associates to meet “Minimum Necessary” on disclosure of PHI.
  • Health plans that use or disclose PHI for underwriting must revise its NPP stating that it will not use or disclose genetic information for such purposes under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

“This final omnibus rule marks the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented,” said HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez.

“These changes not only greatly enhance a patient’s privacy rights and protections, but also strengthen the ability of my office to vigorously enforce the HIPAA privacy and security protections, regardless of whether the information is being held by a health plan, a health care provider, or one of their business associates.”

Federal HIPAA regulations require covered entities and business associates to train staff upon hire and provide refresher training as the regulations shift, and to document this training. BridgeFront training meets or exceeds federal HIPAA regulations for staff education required of covered entities and business associates.

In 2012, nearly half a million students completed BridgeFront HIPAA education. BridgeFront’s HIPAA online courses are one of the widest-used education tools in the compliance industry.

"We rely on BridgeFront's HIPAA online training to ensure all new employees understand the key aspects of HIPAA that are relevant to our company," said the Organization Development Director at The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). "The ability to quickly assign someone a course and track course progress and completion makes the process seamless."

BridgeFront offers more than 50 role-based courses available online from any internet-enabled device. Written by nationally-recognized experts, the courses are available for Hospitals, Provider Practices, Health Plans, Business Associates, Human Resources, Chiropractors, Employers, and State and Local Government. Courses can also be edited by each organization for their specific needs or situation.

Courses are simple-to-use and offer a straightforward approach to providing just what employees need to protect organizations from data breaches and/or violations. Inside each course, students will find optional audio, real life scenarios, and a short quiz. A "Certificate of Mastery," is available real-time to the employee and HR, proving compliance.

To see a sample course from BridgeFront's HIPAA library, visit its website at: http://www.bridgefront.com/solutions_education_hipaa_demoself.php.

For more information, visit http://www.BridgeFront.com, contact us via email at info[at]bridgefront[dot]com or call (866) 447-2211.

About BridgeFront:

Effective, customizable and budget-friendly; BridgeFront helps healthcare, government and businesses provide the highest quality of staff education. You have the flexibility to take any online course as-is or modify it, and even build your own courses. For over ten years, BridgeFront has provided engaging online education on compliance, revenue cycle, patient communications, clinical, leadership and now ICD-10.

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