Here at, we believe you can never have too much information at your fingertips. Although our training program provides you with the specific knowledge and tools you need to reach full HIPAA compliance, that wasn’t enough for us.

Below we’ve compiled a brief overview of HIPAA and a list of additional HIPAA training resources and other inter-connected regulations for your reference and convenience.

About HIPAA: What You Need to Know

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, established in 1996. It was most recently updated in 2013 by the Omnibus Final Rule, which significantly strengthened its protections, enforcement provisions, and violation penalties.

The security of Protected Health Information (PHI) is HIPAA’s primary objective. The act also mandates industry-wide standards for healthcare information in electronic billing, and aims to reduce healthcare fraud and abuse. In greater detail, the Act:

  • Establishes what information is considered Protected Health Information
  • Mandates the security and safeguarding of PHI for both patients and employees
  • Sets boundaries and establishes accountability for the release of PHI
  • Improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the country’s health care system
  • Establishes standards for electronic transmission of health information
  • Gives patients greater access to and control over how their PHI is used

2013 Omnibus Final Rule Changes

In January 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services expanded, changed, and clarified various HIPAA definitions and other provisions, and set an effective enforcement date of September 23, 2013. These new regulations are called HIPAA Final Rules.

The Omnibus Final Rule:

  • Expands the definition of who counts as a Business Associate.
  • Further expands the definition of what counts as a PHI breach.
  • Improves patient access to their PHI in electronic format.
  • Gives patients more control over the transmission of PHI to insurance companies.
  • Establishes when PHI may be used for marketing or fundraising purposes.