Most Common HIPAA Violations You Should Be Aware Of
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Most Common HIPAA Violations You Should Be Aware Of

With fines for HIPAA violations ranging from $50,000 to $1.5 million per violation and a cumulative annual penalty of $1.5 million, medical practices need to remain HIPAA compliant at all times. Although all alleged HIPAA breaches should be treated as potential risks to your medical practice, some are more prominent than others. Common HIPAA Violations…

Why was HIPAA passed?
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Why was HIPAA passed?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that enforced the establishment of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the consent or approval of the patient. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the HIPAA Privacy Rule to enact HIPAA…

In Medical Terms, what is PHI?
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In Medical Terms, what is PHI?

Protected health information, or PHI, is any personally identifiable health information that was created, used, or disclosed in providing healthcare services, whether it was a diagnosis or treatment. PHI can include the following: The past, present, or future physical health or condition of an individual Healthcare services rendered to an individual Past, present, or future…

What is a HIPAA violation in the workplace?
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What is a HIPAA violation in the workplace?

HIPAA violations in the workplace affect all organizations, not just healthcare providers, but also covered entities and their business associates. What is a HIPAA Violation in the Workplace? What is HIPAA? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996 to protect individual’s health records as they changed jobs. In 2003, the…

What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule?
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What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule?

The HIPAA Privacy Rule was first introduced in 2002 to protect patients’ privacy and healthcare information while allowing patient healthcare information to flow freely when it is required. The US Department of Health and Human Services released the HIPAA Privacy Rule to regulate the use and release of personally identifiable information about patients and users…

When was HIPAA passed?
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When was HIPAA passed?

When was HIPAA Established? President Bill Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act into law on August 21, 1996. The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law on August 21, 1996, but why was it created? HIPAA was developed to “improve the portability and accountability of health insurance coverage”…