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HIPAA Privacy and Security Act for Dental Professionals (AGD 550)

Presenter: Linda Bartolomucci Boyd, BA, RDA


This webinar is designed to help dental assistants understand and implement the principles of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 - HIPAA.


Linda Bartolomucci Boyd, BA, RDA
Linda Bartolomucci Boyd has her degree in Psychology, and a Community College Teaching Credential. She has been a Certified Dental Assistant, CDA, for 36 years and has her Registered Dental Assistant license, RDA, from California. She has been in the profession of dentistry for several years. During her career in dentistry she has experienced many changes in the profession. She began her career as an RDA and then became an educator teaching at three community colleges in Northern California, where she then became a full time professor and Program Coordinator at Diablo Valley College in Northern California leading the RDA/CDA Program keep abreast of the new curriculum as it evolved. She currently is an Emeritus Professor. She is the author of the “Dental Instruments: A Pocket Guide” published by Elsevier Publishing Company. Ms. Bartolomucci Boyd has published six editions of this text and currently is working on the 7thedition. This text has been translated into 5 other languages besides English. She has also authored a chapter in a health professional text called “Ethics and Professionalism” regarding Medical Records and HIPAA. She has authored two additional chapters in a text, A Practical Guide to Therapeutic Communication for Health Professionals. Ms. Bartolomucci Boyd is a lecturer as well. She has been a member and involved with the American Dental Assistants Association, ADAA, and the California Dental Assistant Teachers, CADAT. Professionalism and Dentistry has been her lifelong passion.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to: 

1. Discuss the principles of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 – HIPAA.
2. Define the act as it pertains to the dental profession.
3. List the information that must be kept private regarding the Privacy Rule.
4. Name ways to keep the patient information private in the dental office.
5. Describe Protected Health Information (PHI).
6. Create and implement the necessary forms regarding HIPAA requirements.
7. Define “Covered Entity” (CE).
8. Name the required elements of the Security Standard for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information/Security Rule.
9. Devise a plan to keep office policies implemented.
10. List HIPAA Violations that are common in the dental office.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices. 

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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