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Hospitals and Other Providers
Business Partners
Health Plans
Physicians and Other Practitioners

Career level:

Experienced Professional
Early Careerist

Recommended for:

Medical Records
Patient Access
Revenue Cycle
Patient Accounts
Physician Practice

Delivery Method:

Self Study

Advance Preparation:




Course Availability:

18 Months

How To | Privacy and HIPAA
While it makes sense to protect patients’ health-specific data, social security numbers and home addresses from external threats, the most significant threats to patient privacy laws are on the inside.
Course | Intermediate | Privacy and HIPAA
This course addresses the rise of corporate compliance programs in healthcare organizations, including their complexity and importance. It reviews the components of corporate compliance programs and the role of a compliance officer to know ...
Course | Basic | Privacy and HIPAA
This course explains the basics of HIPAA's Privacy Rule and what you need to consider when handling patients' Protected Health Information (PHI). It also outlines the rights that patients have under HIPAA.<div><br></div><div>Estimated cours...
Course | Basic | Privacy and HIPAA
This course explains when covered entities must obtain formal authorization from the patient to use and disclose Protected Health Information (PHI). It also specifies language that must be included in the authorization. The course provides ...
Course | Overview | Privacy and HIPAA
This course provides a general overview of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. It also explains the general rules for the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) under HIPAA. The course discusses the Minimum Necessary Rule and explains...
Course | Basic | Privacy and HIPAA

HIPAA Privacy: Uses and Disclosures

Course | Basic | Privacy and HIPAA

HIPAA Privacy: Uses and Disclosures


This course defines "use" and "disclosure" and explains when patient health information may and may not be shared orally, electronically, and in its written form. It describes the 12 purposes for which PHI may be released without authorization. Additionally, this course explains the minimum necessary standard, which determines how much information may be released and to whom.

Estimated course completion time: 1 hour
After this program, you'll be able to..
  • Identify when patient health information may be shared and to whom
  • Define the minimum necessary rule
  • Differentiate between situations where the minimum necessary rule applies and does not apply
  • Recognize a patient's rights regarding restrictions on uses and disclosures

Related Courses | Privacy and HIPAA

On Demand Webinar | Basic | Coronavirus

Privacy and security risks for providers related to COVID-19 pandemic

As hospitals, health systems and physician groups respond to the COVID-19 pandemic new privacy and security issues emerge. Providers have increased the use of telehealth services, engaged with patients through new mediums, substantially expanded remote work, and welcomed many temporary health workers into their organizations. While the priority remains on responding to the pandemic, providers must ensure that proper safeguards are in place. Join this webinar relaying legal aspects of privacy and security, potential financial implications related to penalties and costs, and safeguards that should be in place now and post COVID-19 pandemic.

Original Live Webinar Date: 6/9/20

On Demand Webinar | Overview | Patient Financial Communications

New patient access, interoperability and information blocking rules

Health care professionals need to understand that the rules governing health information are changing.  Under current final rules, providers and health plans must share data directly with patients, and if a patient requests their data be shared with an app on their phone, you must comply.

These new rules change the nature of health information as we know it, and they bring new challenges-and new actors - into the more traditional health care market.

Learn about these new rules, where they came from, and what they could mean for you and your business from an expert that helped craft the federal statute creating these new rules.

Original Live Webinar Date: 4/29/20

On Demand Webinar | Overview | Coronavirus

Patient care in crisis: How to launch, code and bill telehealth services (Spring 2020 Virtual Conference On-demand)

Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, physicians and health leaders are under tremendous pressure to meet the demands of patient care while stabilizing operational and financial health. This session will showcase a telehealth demonstration and discuss how providers can implement telehealth quickly and efficiently.

Original live session date: 4/9/2020

Certification | Overview | Physician Practice Revenue

Certified Specialist Physician Practice Management Recertification

The CSPPM recertification program is recommended for active, eligible, HFMA CSPPM certificants with an upcoming maintenance due date of October 1, 2020*. Not sure when your CSPPM expiration date is? Sign in, click your profile image in the upper right corner, select My Development, and then click on the Certifications tab near the center of your page. You'll see your certifications along with their expiration date.

HFMA requires that eligible CSPPM certificants gain competence in the physician practice management arena by taking a short assessment every two years. This program provides healthcare organizations with a means to ensure that their staff has the body of knowledge necessary to meet their demands.

CSPPM recertification course outline:

  • Encounter Processing
  • Accounts Receivable: Collections, Policy, and Evaluation
  • Budgeting and Benchmarking
  • Integrated Health Systems and Managed Care

Assessment information:
This online program includes the above recertification courses and a recertification assessment. The assessment has 50 multiple choice questions and you have 90 minutes to complete it in one sitting. The passing score is 70%. If you do not pass on the first attempt, there is a mandatory 30-day waiting period. Please keep this in mind, as the deadline to complete the recertification assessment (to maintain your certification) is October 1, 2020*,

*During this unprecedented time HFMA is committed to meeting the need of its certified individuals. HFMA is implementing a certification maintenance grace period to allow for additional time to meet the recertification requirement. The maintenance deadline will be extended from May 31, 2020 to October 1, 2020.