Although HIPAA is implemented nationwide, individual states often have stricter laws that may take precedence over federal HIPAA regulations. This course explores the significance of HIPAA laws in private investigation, offering multiple case studies and investigative techniques as examples.

1. Course Overview 

HIPAA consists of 2 vital components, privacy, and security, and is crucial for safeguarding individuals’ medical information and ensuring accountability in healthcare. It distinguishes between healthcare fraud and abuse to maintain compliance and prevent misuse. Understanding when state laws take precedence over federal HIPAA is essential, especially in cases of communicable diseases, child abuse, controlled substances, birth, and death records. HIPAA also applies to group health plans and plays a significant role in cases involving senior rights, estate disputes, and access to children’s medical records during custodial disputes. In conclusion, HIPAA addresses various critical aspects in both civil and criminal law to ultimately build a more secure and transparent healthcare environment.

2. Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students should be able to answer the following questions expertly and effectively. 

  • What qualifies as a HIPAA violation? 
  • How do privacy laws differ from security laws? 
  • When does state law take precedence over federal HIPAA law?
  • What is the process for making a HIPAA claim? 
  • How does HIPAA apply differently to healthcare organizations and business entities? 
  • What are the correct methods for physically transporting and electronically transferring medical records under HIPAA? 
  • What are the potential sanctions for non-compliance with HIPAA regulations?

3. Course Information


  • Case Studies & Articles
  • On-demand video
  • Downloadable materials


  • Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable)
  • Personal computer

Course Offerings

  • 60-day unlimited course access
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 6 Continuing Education credits 

Course Structure

This online course is broken into modules for self-paced learning. You will need a supported web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome. **Make sure this course is approved by your state for licensing renewal.

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