This course outlines confidentiality and privacy issues that Nurses' aides, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Patient Care Assistants, and Medical Assistants may encounter while caring for patients and going about their everyday lives. For this educational offering, the term, CNA, will stand for individuals who work under the supervision of registered nurses or physicians and feed, bathe, dress, collect specimens, and ambulate patients, among other tasks.
Typical care locations are nursing homes, skilled care facilities, rehabilitation centers, clinics, physicians' offices, diagnostic centers, assisted living facilities, and home health settings. CNAs who help in patient homes may assist with shopping, cooking, and transportation to medical appointments. These locations and activities provide opportunities to either respect or break the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules.
Welcome to HIPAA training. Because we are human, it is easy to forget HIPAA rules. We all need reminders and training. CNAs are valued members of the healthcare team who have meaningful interactions with patients daily. Their workload can be demanding and hectic but also meaningful. They are often seen as family members or special people to patients in long-term care facilities and are known for their compassion and kindness. The health care system could not exist without CNAs.
Protecting patients' privacy should always be in the minds of CNAs as they perform their duties. CNAs also need to think about HIPAA when off duty as situations can occur where they might break the rules innocently. Privacy is the most important element of HIPAA for CNAs. CNAs protect patient privacy by knowing the HIPAA rules, applying them, and reporting any suspicions that the rules have been broken.