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Is HIPAA Training Optional?

Is HIPAA Training Optional?


by Jim Moore       10/13/2020

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HIPAA Training Laws

There’s nothing about HIPAA training that’s optional. The law requires that Covered Entities—meaning practitioners—train their staff on patient privacy. Additionally, Business Associates like dental labs, IT providers and anyone else who has access to patient data are required to provide training to their employees.

There’s nothing “optional” about this requirement…it’s pretty cut and dried. Texas practitioners are required to train staff members on HIPAA within 90 days of hire.

To learn more about HIPAA training laws, check out our blog: Is Lack of Employee Training a HIPAA Violation?

OSHA Training Laws

With respect to OSHA-required topics, such as Sharps Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens, the law requires that workers be trained before beginning their job assignment…not whenever a free webinar opportunity happens to present itself. 

Avoid fines with Smart Training

Hiring Smart Training to handle OSHA and HIPAA training makes sense, especially since we keep training records for you if you should be required to demonstrate compliance with the law. If you’re one of the practitioners who believes such training is optional, however, be aware that the typical OSHA citation for failure to train can reach $50,000. HIPAA breach fines make that figure pale in comparison. 

Invest in Training 

Patient privacy and employee safety are too important to be left to chance. Still, many practitioners sit their employees in front of free webinars, believing that this sort of dubious exposure will suffice for compliance with training requirements.

Spend the money to train your team, or spend the money to pay the fines. The choice is yours!

Smart Training can Help

Smart Training offers informative in-house HIPAA and OSHA training modules. Or you can use our learning management system to create your own specialized training modules. 

Smart Training makes meeting training modules easy.

Smart Training
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