ABOUT THIS COURSE:
In an emergency department, information often flows amongst providers and patients quickly and as a result of urgent, sometimes life-threatening, situations. Due to the volume of information being shared, as well as the need for it to be shared quickly and accurately, emergency department providers must be especially careful to safeguard patient information. In this course, you will learn the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 42 CFR Part 2. While an overview of each law will be discussed, you will learn of specific information that you can and cannot share, how to share information appropriately, and what information you may not be able to access. Lastly, you will be presented with a few practical approaches for acquiring the information you need in a timely and efficient manner. The content in this course is based on information from HIPAA (US Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2014) and 42 CFR Part 2 (United States Department of Health & Human Services, Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 2017). If you wish to view the law in its entirety, please see the References section at the end of the course. This course is intended for all emergency department personnel and providers. Please note that this course focuses on federal law. However, every state has its own privacy and confidentiality laws, and it is your responsibility to know your states laws and regulations. Furthermore, this course is not intended as legal advice for any individual provider or situation. If you need more comprehensive information, please review the resources listed at the end of this course and consult with your organizations legal and compliance team.