Certain websites, which either offer material to health information technology professionals or are associated with a state health department, may provide access to a HIPAA practice exam and an answer key. The Appalachian District Health Department and the Health Information Technology Notifications websites are online resources that provide sample exams. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule regulates the usage and disclosure of a patient's protected health information that may be held by covered entities that include providers of medical services and health insurers, as noted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Because health organizations, hospitals and companies that sponsor employee health plans are considered covered entities, they must follow HIPAA rules and guidelines. As such, employees working in these organizations can go through HIPAA training to learn about compliance and then they may need to take a HIPAA test.
The Appalachian District Health Department website offers a HIPAA review test with 15 multiple-choice questions. After answering a question, test takers can check to see if their answer is correct. Similarly, the Health Information Technology Notifications website also provides a sample quiz that has 50 questions. Some questions involve statements that require either true or false answers. The questions asked are on topics that include HIPAA's Privacy Rule and Security Rule. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act became law in 1996, as noted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.