December 1st, officially called World AIDS Day, marked the beginning of AIDS Awareness Month.
According to the Aids.gov website, more than one million people are living with HIV and AIDS in the US. One in six people living with HIV are not aware that they have the disease, and one in four new cases of HIV occur among young adults from 13 years of age to 24.
During the month of December, it is common for people to wear the red ribbon which is the global symbol for solidarity with those living with HIV or AIDS. For the last twenty years, World AIDS Day and AIDS Awareness Month have been put in place to remind people of the AIDS crisis and to always remember those who have been lost to HIV/AIDS.
Ed4Online offers a number of courses in our Workforce Compliance Catalog to help further the understanding of HIV and AIDS.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996 to make healthcare providers have safeguards in place to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patients’ private health information (PHI). In 2013 after much technical and digital growth, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has introduced additional compliance requirements that providers and their business associates will need to implement by the September 23rd, 2013 deadline. The new rules move HIPAA enforcement away from the voluntary compliance framework and toward a penalty-based system with a maximum fine of $1.5 million per violation.