The new standards for 2012 HIPPA HITECH ACTCompliance Department Numbers
Every patient has a right to privacyEvery patient has a right to confidentialityTrust is not given its earnedWe earn our patients trust everydayWe demonstrate this by delivering high qualitycare, in a trustful environment.The healing of our patients and the protection oftheir health information is our number one goalThere are no exceptions!
In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability andAccountability Act or the HIPAA was endorsed by the U.S.Congress. The HIPAA Privacy Rule, also called theStandards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable HealthInformation, provided the first nationally-recognizableregulations for the use/disclosure of an individuals healthinformation.Gives patients control over the use of their healthinformationStrictly investigates compliance-related issues and holdsviolators accountable with civil or criminal penalties forviolating the privacy of an individuals PHI
$100 for each violation; or $25,000 for identicalviolations during a calendar yearFor a violation in which the covered entity did notknow:$100 or more than $50,000 for each violation or$1,500,000 for identical violations during a calendaryear. For repeat offenders the fines are severe and youcould be imprisoned for up to 10 years.It can lead up to and include termination from your job.Remember patient privacy is a right!
The Health Information Technology for Economic andClinical Health (HITECH) Act, was designed to modernizethe health care system by promoting and expanding theadoption of health information technology (HIT). HITECHsupports the rapid adoption of health informationtechnology by hospitals and clinicians of the ElectronicHealth Record (EHR).Gives incentives to offset cost of integration as well asoffer technical assistance to providers.You are no longer protected by the organization.You violate the law you can also be fined and face jail time.
Civil penalties for willful neglect (violations of patientprivacy) are increased under the HITECH Act. Thesepenalties can extend up to $250,000, withrepeat/uncorrected violations extending up to $1.5millionFurthermore, under certain conditions HIPAAs civiland criminal penalties now extend to businessassociates. This means you!Remember no matter who the patient is, if you don’trequire access to the record then don’t access it!
Joseph Smith, Director Corporate Complianceemail: firstname.lastname@example.orgElizabeth McDaniel, Corporate Compliance Field Sup.email: email@example.comDr. Sherry Grover, Ethics & Compliance OfficerEmail: www.sherry firstname.lastname@example.org