The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. The Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.
A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the publics health and well being.
Health Care Providers ◦ Doctors ◦ Clinics ◦ Pharmacies Health Plans ◦ Health Insurance Companies ◦ HMO’s ◦ Medicare and Medicaid
Covered entities that fail to comply voluntarily with the standards may be subject to civil money penalties.
A person who knowingly obtains or discloses individually identifiable health information in violation of the Privacy Rule may face a criminal penalty of up to $50,000 and up to one-year imprisonment. The criminal penalties increase to $100,000 and up to five years imprisonment if the wrongful conduct involves false pretenses, and to $250,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment if the wrongful conduct involves the intent to sell, transfer, or use identifiable health information for commercial advantage, personal gain or malicious harm.
Remember patient safety and privacy is our number one priority. Confidentiality is our responsibility. Report employees who have breeched HIPPA confidentiality and privacy rules.
It is our duty to protect the privacy of those seeking care and healing