Some sample questions from a HIPAA exam are "When did HIPAA become law?" "What does the acronym HIPAA stand for?" "What are other names for HIPAA?" and "Why was HIPAA passed?" HIPAA is an acronym that stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which Congress passed in 1996.
Congress passed this act to allow American workers to transfer and continue their health insurance coverage if they change or lose their jobs. HIPAA cuts down on the number of cases of health-care fraud and abuse. The act sets industry-wide standards to be observed during electronic billing and other processes involving health care information. It also ensures that providers protect personal health information and handle it confidentially.
Official rules specify that health care providers are considered a Covered Entity and must comply with HIPAA regulations. Health plans or clearinghouses and their Business Associates must also be HIPAA compliant because they are defined as companies that handle electronically protected health information. This requirement of compliance is designed to maintain the privacy and security of health information, while providing all concerned patients with certain rights when it comes to their health information.
While no businesses or individuals are required to be HIPAA-certified by law, certain entities may seek certification through a third-party training organization. Outside certifications may include one or multiple levels of HIPAA certificates, but this depends on the courses offered by available training vendors.