HIPAA. Everyone from patients to providers has heard this acronym and, while not everyone even understands what the letters stand for, we all know it applies to patient rights. For a medical practice, ensuring that you are in compliance with the rules and regulations that define HIPAA can seem like a minefield. Physicians First Messages is here with some important information that may better help you navigate your way through to 100% compliance successfully.
Our friends at Becker's Healthcare write in their article "10 Common HIPAA Violations and Preventative Measures to Keep Your Practice in Compliance":
"The HIPAA law to protect patient health information is quite well known by personnel in most physician offices. There still remain, however, some questions regarding HIPAA's rules and regulations. Providers who are not up to date with changes in the law risk potential violation that could not only damage a practice's reputation but cause criminal and civil fines... HIPAA violations can result in substantial fines to a practice ranging from $100 to $1.5 million. Healthcare providers can also be at risk for sanctions or loss of license.
We list below some of the more common reasons for HIPAA violation citations:"