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As the leading provider of HIPAA compliance training for dental offices in the U.S., we are often asked various questions by dental service providers across the country.

In this blog, our experts answer the 3 commonly asked questions about HIPAA training and compliance for dental offices. 

Let’s get started!

#1 Will free training be sufficient for my dental office’s HIPAA training compliance?

Dental practices often resort to free solutions like:

  • Sending their staff to free seminars/online webinars.
  • Asking employees to read up hundreds of pages of HIPAA documentation issued by the Federal authorities. 
  • Pushing employees to complete HIPAA training on their own.

But these solutions don’t really work to your advantage. Firstly, the occasional free webinar or seminar barely scratches the surface of the training curriculum. Asking employees to opt for rote-learning of a large volume of published content available from HIPAA authorities is also ineffective. Further, free modes of training do not lead to all the necessary certification on completion, which is extremely important for compliance. 

#2 Is HIPAA training optional for my dental team?

No, HIPAA compliance training is not optional for your dental team.

All dental businesses, big or small, must comply with HIPAA training requirements for their dentists, nurses, technicians, and business associates like IT providers or dental equipment suppliers. 

Further, the training needs to be customized to the role of each individual. This means that you have to train your dental team & business associates as per their involvement in handling patient health information. 

#3 What are the different types of HIPAA compliance training for my dental team?

HIPAA Awareness Training – compulsory for all

This module covers the three aspects of HIPAA – transactions, privacy, and security – and the basic aspects of Patient Health Information (PHI). The HIPAA Privacy regulations state that it is necessary that everyone related to your dental business gets trained on this module.

HIPAA Security Training – Technical curriculum for specific roles

This technical module is focused on cyber-management of patient data. It is mainly necessary for dental IT staff, dental business owners, HIPAA compliance manager, and so on for performing tasks like taking back-ups, securing networks, shutting down computers and servers, preventing phishing and snooping, etc.

Bonus question: Why choose ToothCE for your dental training compliance?

ToothCE is an all-in-one OSHA and HIPAA training solution for dental offices. Our training materials include videos, reviews, tests, remedials, refreshers, onboarding courses, and more. Here’s why you should choose us:

  • Your team can learn and take tests online anytime, anywhere. 
  • They can re-take exams or sessions as many times as they want. 
  • Easy performance assessments and instant certification.
  • Periodic refreshers and remedial sessions.

HIPAA training is complex and challenging. Further, the requirements and provisions under HIPAA keep changing with time. Our world-class instructors, validated approach, and top-notch training materials can help you stay on top of HIPAA training compliance. To know more about our dental office training solutions, please visit toothce.com or contact us at contact@toothce.com

Deepti Sahi
Author: Deepti Sahi