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Debra Collins
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As CEO and President of LTCS Books, Inc., Debra maintains a knowledge base and writes weekly articles on long term care and home health care federal regulatory changes.


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Resident Rights and HIPAA

This inservice has been designed to instruct long term care nursing assistants and CNA's about resident rights and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Informed consent is explained in detail, and clear examples are given to protect the funds and property of residents. Interventions are explained to preserve resident privacy and dignity. HIPAA regulations are described with procedures for access and protection of resident health information.


Upon completion of this inservice, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe federal regulations and facility policies for protecting resident rights.
  2. List six basic resident rights.
  3. Define and list three components of informed consent.
  4. Explain power of attorney.
  5. Name five aspects of care the resident has the right to refuse.
  6. Define Advance Directive.
  7. List four changes of care that require resident notification.
  8. Define a significant change of condition.
  9. Give three examples of incidents that require resident notification.
  10. Describe how to protect resident funds and property.
  11. Explain the correct procedure for responding to resident complaints.
  12. Give six examples of procedures to preserve resident privacy and dignity.
  13. Explain the purpose of HIPAA.
  14. List five ways to protect resident health information.


Chapter 1
Basic Human Rights

  • Resident Rights are Based on Constitutional Rights
  • Informing Residents of Their Rights
  • Educating Staff Members about Resident Rights
  • Power of Attorney
  • Married Couples
Chapter 2
Informed Consent
  • Right to be Informed about Care
  • Consent
  • Right to Refuse
  • Advance Directives
  • Self-Administration of Medications
Chapter 3
Notification of Changes
  • Informing Residents about Changes
  • Significant Change of Condition
  • New Care or Treatment Orders
  • Incidents and Accidents
  • Transfer or Discharge from Facility
  • Change in Room Assignment
Chapter 4
Personal Funds and Property
  • Right to Protection of Funds
  • Medicaid and Medicare Benefits
  • Right to Protection of Possessions
  • Protecting the Resident’s Property
Chapter 5
Grievance Process
  • Responding to Resident Complaints
  • Resident Council Meetings
  • Surveys and Survey Results
Chapter 6
  • Right to Choose or Refuse Visitors
  • Interacting with Visitors
Chapter 7
  • Right to Personal Privacy
  • Respecting Resident Privacy
Chapter 8
  • Right to Care with Dignity
  • Preserving Resident Dignity
Chapter 9
Access and Privacy of Health Information
  • Federal Regulations on Health Information
  • Penalties for HIPAA Violations
  • Protecting Resident Health Information

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 10.00
Contact Hours: 1


Upon successful completion the participant will receive a Certificate of Completion for 1 inservice contact hour(s).
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