Frequently Asked Questions
Typically credentialing is from reputable, non-profit organizations that promote extensive, vendor-neutral learning and have experience requirements besides just learning. These organizations include the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the rule promulgator and enforcement agency for HIPAA regulations.
No. None of our materials are ‘certified' by the government or any other standards body as there is, in fact, no such thing as an official, government sanctioned ‘HIPAA certification.' (Websites that claim to be so -- and there are several out there in the marketplace -- are using that term for marketing purposes.) The OCR does not certify any products, materials, tools, analysis, or anything else under the HIPAA rules.
Yes. Our HIPAA materials are 45 CFR compliant. In order to be compliant these materials need to completely address HIPAA privacy and/or security rules, which all CompliancePro Solutions materials do.
Since there is no real ‘certification' (regardless of what some vendors claim), the best assurance that any HIPAA materials are compliant is to have them developed by ‘credentialed' HIPAA experts after extensive experience and by completely addressing the requirements contained within the HIPAA privacy and security rules.
The author of these presentations is Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS, an expert specializing exclusively in HIPAA privacy and security and credentialed by AHIMA.
The CompliancePro Solutions materials has been reviewed by Office of Civil Rights (OCR) during the course of several Covered Entity investigations. During an investigation of a potential violation, OCR will ask for copies of various privacy and security policies, analysis and training materials used by a physician practice or hospital. Clients of CompliancePro Solutions HIPAA courses who have been investigated for HIPAA violations and have as a part of the investigation sent copies of these training materials have never reported any follow-up or push-back from using the materials. Once the training materials were provided, there were no further questions on the compliance of their HIPAA training. Also CMS auditors for Meaningful Use, Figliozzi & Company, have reviewed the CompliancePro Solutions Security Risk Analysis and found it complies with their requirements, which also means it passes muster for a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis.
It's a good idea to question the compliance of your sources of HIPAA training materials. Don't be fooled by vendor-specific marketing that somehow indicates their training materials have some sort of governmental approval. There is no such requirement or program for certification.