HIPAA Certification Assessment Sample Quiz

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Happy with your professional medical career? How good is your knowledge of HIPAA? Take this HIPAA practice test to train your employees on HIPAA compliance requirements. Do you think you've got more HIPAA knowledge than most? It is time to test it and enhance it too. Get started with the quiz, and check out how much you score for this HIPAA certification quiz. All the best! Do not forget to share the quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What kind of personally identifiable health information is protected by the HIPAA privacy rule?   

    • A.

      Paper

    • B.

      Electronic

    • C.

      The spoken word

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The HIPAA privacy rule protects all kinds of personally identifiable health information, including paper, electronic, and the spoken word. This means that any information related to an individual's health, whether it is in written form, stored electronically, or spoken, is protected under HIPAA.

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  • 2. 

    If you suspect someone is violating the facility’s privacy policy, you should:    

    • A.

      Say nothing. It is none of your business

    • B.

      Watch the individual involved until you have gathered solid evidence against him or her

    • C.

      Report your suspicions to your clinical instructor for further follow-up

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Report your suspicions to your clinical instructor for further follow-up
    Explanation
    If you suspect someone is violating the facility's privacy policy, it is important to report your suspicions to your clinical instructor for further follow-up. This is the correct course of action because privacy violations can have serious consequences and it is essential to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of individuals. By reporting your suspicions, you are taking the necessary steps to address the issue and protect the privacy rights of others.

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  • 3. 

    HIPAA security and privacy regulations apply to

    • A.

      Attending physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals

    • B.

      Health information managers, information systems staff, and other ancillary personnel only

    • C.

      Anyone working in the facility

    • D.

      Only staff that have direct patient contact

    Correct Answer
    C. Anyone working in the facility
    Explanation
    The correct answer is anyone working in the facility. HIPAA security and privacy regulations are applicable to all individuals who work in a healthcare facility, regardless of their specific roles or job titles. This includes attending physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals, health information managers, information systems staff, ancillary personnel, and any other staff members. The regulations aim to protect the privacy and security of patients' health information and ensure that it is handled and disclosed appropriately by all individuals within the facility.

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  • 4. 

    It would be appropriate to release patient information to

    • A.

      The patient’s (non-attending) physician's brother

    • B.

      Personnel from the hospital the patient transferred from 2 days ago, who is calling to check on personnel from the hospital the patient transferred from 2 days ago, who is calling to check on the patient

    • C.

      The respiratory therapy personnel doing an ordered procedure

    • D.

      A retired physician who is a friend of the family

    Correct Answer
    C. The respiratory therapy personnel doing an ordered procedure
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the respiratory therapy personnel doing an ordered procedure. This is because releasing patient information to the healthcare professionals directly involved in the patient's care, such as respiratory therapy personnel, is appropriate and necessary for providing proper treatment and ensuring patient safety. The other options, such as the patient's non-attending physician's brother or a retired physician who is a friend of the family, do not have a legitimate need for the patient's information and therefore should not be given access to it.

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  • 5. 

    If a person has the ability to access the facility of company systems or applications, they have a right to view any information contained in that system or application

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because having the ability to access company systems or applications does not automatically grant a person the right to view any information contained in those systems or applications. Access rights and permissions are usually determined by the company's policies and the individual's role and responsibilities within the organization. Just because someone can access the system does not mean they have unrestricted access to all information within it.

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  • 6. 

    A visitor who asks for a patient by name may receive the following information EXCEPT

    • A.

      Patient name

    • B.

      Patient condition in general terms (e.g., stable, critical, etc.)

    • C.

      Patient room number

    • D.

      Patient diagnosis

    Correct Answer
    D. Patient diagnosis
    Explanation
    When a visitor asks for a patient by name, they may receive information about the patient's name, their condition in general terms, and their room number. However, they would not receive information about the patient's diagnosis. This is because patient diagnosis is considered private and confidential information that is not typically shared with visitors.

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  • 7. 

    Copies of patient information may be disposed of in any garbage can in the facility.   

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because copies of patient information should not be disposed of in any garbage can in the facility. Patient information contains sensitive and confidential data that needs to be protected to ensure patient privacy and comply with data protection regulations. Proper disposal methods, such as shredding or using secure disposal containers, should be followed to prevent unauthorized access to patient information.

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  • 8. 

    The criminal penalties for improperly disclosing patient health information can be as high as fines of $250,000 and prison sentences of up to 10 years.   

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because disclosing patient health information improperly is a violation of privacy laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the United States. These laws aim to protect patients' sensitive medical information and impose strict penalties for unauthorized disclosures. The mentioned penalties of fines up to $250,000 and prison sentences of up to 10 years serve as a deterrent against improper disclosure and emphasize the seriousness of the offense.

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  • 9. 

    Protected health information is anything that connects a patient to his or her health information.    

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Protected health information (PHI) refers to any information that can be used to identify an individual and is related to their health condition, treatment, or payment for healthcare services. This can include personal identifiers such as name, address, social security number, as well as medical records, test results, and insurance information. The statement correctly states that PHI is anything that connects a patient to their health information, making it true.

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  • 10. 

    Confidentiality protections cover not just a patient’s health-related information, such as his or her diagnosis, but also other identifying information, such as social security number and telephone numbers.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Confidentiality protections extend beyond a patient's health-related information to also include other identifying details like social security numbers and telephone numbers. This means that not only medical diagnoses but also personal contact information is safeguarded to ensure patient privacy and security.

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  • 11. 

    You are working elsewhere in the hospital when you hear that a neighbor has just arrived in the ER for treatment after a car crash.  You should   

    • A.

      Contact the neighbor’s spouse to alert him or her about the accident

    • B.

      Do nothing and pretend you don’t know about it

    • C.

      Tell the charge nurse in the ER that you know how to reach the patient’s spouse and offer the information if it’s needed

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Tell the charge nurse in the ER that you know how to reach the patient’s spouse and offer the information if it’s needed
    Explanation
    In this situation, it is important to prioritize patient confidentiality and respect their privacy. Instead of directly contacting the neighbor's spouse, it is best to inform the charge nurse in the ER about your knowledge of how to reach the patient's spouse. This allows the healthcare team to handle the situation appropriately and decide whether or not to inform the spouse based on the patient's condition and wishes.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following are some common features designed to protect the confidentiality of health information contained in patient medical records?    

    • A.

      Locks on medical records rooms

    • B.

      Passwords to access computerized records

    • C.

      Rules that prohibit employees from looking at records unless they have a need to know

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is all of the above. This is because locks on medical records rooms, passwords to access computerized records, and rules that prohibit employees from looking at records unless they have a need to know are all common features designed to protect the confidentiality of health information contained in patient medical records. These measures ensure that only authorized individuals have access to the records, reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure or data breaches.

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  • 13. 

    Confidential information must not be shared with another unless the recipient has

    • A.

      An OK from a doctor

    • B.

      The need to know

    • C.

      Permission from Human Resources

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Confidential information should not be shared with another person unless the recipient meets certain criteria. These criteria include having an OK from a doctor, having a need to know the information, or having permission from Human Resources. All of these conditions must be met in order to share confidential information, making the correct answer "all of the above".

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following is the appropriate person with whom to share patient information, even if the patient has NOT specifically authorized the release of information to the individual?    

    • A.

      A former physician of the patient who is concerned about the patient

    • B.

      A colleague who needs information about the patient to provide proper care

    • C.

      A friend of the patient

    • D.

      A pharmaceutical salesman who is offering a fee for a list of patients to who he could send a free sample of his product

    Correct Answer
    B. A colleague who needs information about the patient to provide proper care
    Explanation
    A colleague who needs information about the patient to provide proper care is the appropriate person with whom to share patient information, even if the patient has NOT specifically authorized the release of information to the individual. This is because sharing patient information with a colleague who is directly involved in the patient's care is necessary for the provision of proper healthcare and is in the best interest of the patient's well-being.

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  • 15. 

    What is the standard for accessing patient information?    

    • A.

      A need to know for the performance of your job

    • B.

      If a physician asks you the diagnosis of the patient

    • C.

      Just because you are curious

    • D.

      You are a relative of the patient

    Correct Answer
    A. A need to know for the performance of your job
    Explanation
    The standard for accessing patient information is based on a need to know for the performance of your job. This means that healthcare professionals should only access patient information if it is necessary for them to carry out their duties and responsibilities effectively. Accessing patient information out of mere curiosity or because of personal reasons, such as being a relative of the patient, is not considered appropriate or in line with ethical standards.

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  • 16. 

    Can you access your own medical record via the computer system?    

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Yes, you can access your own medical record via the computer system. This is possible due to the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) in many healthcare facilities. EHRs allow patients to securely access their medical information online, providing them with the ability to view test results, medication history, and other relevant health data. This helps patients stay informed about their health and enables them to actively participate in their own care.

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  • 17. 

    Patients have a right to access their health information

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Patients have a right to access their health information because it is considered a fundamental aspect of patient autonomy and empowerment. Access to health information allows patients to make informed decisions about their healthcare, understand their medical conditions, and participate in their own treatment plans. It also promotes transparency and accountability within the healthcare system. Therefore, it is crucial to respect and uphold patients' rights to access their health information.

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  • 18. 

    Confidentiality and privacy are important concepts in healthcare because

    • A.

      They help protect hospitals from lawsuits

    • B.

      They allow patients to feel comfortable sharing information with their doctors

    • C.

      They avoid the confusion of having people other than physicians distributing information about a patient.

    • D.

      Both a & b

    Correct Answer
    B. They allow patients to feel comfortable sharing information with their doctors
    Explanation
    Confidentiality and privacy are important concepts in healthcare because they allow patients to feel comfortable sharing information with their doctors. This is crucial for building trust and open communication between patients and healthcare providers. When patients know that their personal information will be kept confidential, they are more likely to disclose sensitive information that can help in accurate diagnosis and treatment. It also ensures that patients can discuss their health concerns without fear of judgment or breach of privacy. This ultimately leads to better healthcare outcomes and patient satisfaction.

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  • 19. 

    You are approached by an individual who tells you that he is here to work on the computers and wants you to open a door for him or point the way to a workstation.  How do you respond to this request?    

    • A.

      Provide him with the information or access he needs

    • B.

      Ask him who at the hospital has hired him and refer him to that person for assistance

    • C.

      Call the police

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Ask him who at the hospital has hired him and refer him to that person for assistance
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to ask him who at the hospital has hired him and refer him to that person for assistance. This response is appropriate because it ensures that only authorized individuals have access to the computers and workstations. By asking for the person who hired him, it helps to verify his legitimacy and prevents any unauthorized access or potential security breaches.

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  • 20. 

    When is the patient’s written authorization to release information required?    

    • A.

      In most cases, when patient information is going to be shared with anyone for reasons other than treatment, payment, or health care operations

    • B.

      Upon admission to a hospital

    • C.

      When patient information is to be shared among two or more clinicians

    • D.

      When patient information is used for billing a private insurer

    Correct Answer
    A. In most cases, when patient information is going to be shared with anyone for reasons other than treatment, payment, or health care operations
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "In most cases, when patient information is going to be shared with anyone for reasons other than treatment, payment, or health care operations." This means that if patient information is going to be shared for purposes such as research, marketing, or legal proceedings, the patient's written authorization is required. However, if the information is being shared for treatment, payment, or health care operations, such as coordinating care between clinicians or billing a private insurer, written authorization may not be necessary.

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