HIPAA HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Requires the protection and confidential handling of health information Provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs; Reduces health care fraud and abuse; Mandates industry-wide standards for health care information on electronic billing and other processes; and
Handling Health Information Any documents with patient information must only be viewed by intended personnel Paperwork Test Results Medical images Computed information Superbills Etc….
Violations Examples Leaving a visible computer screen with patient data unattended Leaving reports/patient documents unattended Faxing/Emailing patient report or documents through unsecure lines Speaking about patient information to colleagues outside of work related means Viewing patient information outside of work related means
Noncompliance “Penalties can occur whether the covered entity knew or should have known of the failure to comply”(US Dept of Health, 2012). Civil Penalties $100 - $50,000 (or more) per violation Criminal Penalties $50,000 and up to 1 yr imprisonment. $100,000 and up to 5 yr imprisonment $250,000 and up to 10 yr imprisonment
Ensuring Compliance Semi-annual privacy trainings Audits Semi-annual Random Incentives – those who pass audits Disciplinary Action Written Warning Termination