HIPAA Compliance

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to protect your patients and their Protected Health Information (PHI). It is a sliding scale – the more compliant you are (or attempt to be) the less likely you are to be in violation of it.


How to Maintain Compliance


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    Training

    Get trained yearly by a professional organization that fully understands HIPAA and will keep you abreast of all new changes and manage your documentation.

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    Technology

    Implement a technology protocol that is specific to your network

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    Documentation

    You must have a handbook establishing policies and procedures


Penalties & Fines

Penalties for an infraction can vary and are dependent of factors such as date of violation, whether the entity knew or should have known of the failure to comply, or whether the covered entity’s failure to comply was due to willful neglect.

A penalty will not be imposed for violations in certain circumstances, such as if:

The failure to comply was not due to willful neglect, and was corrected during a 30-day period after the entity knew or should have known the failure to comply had occurred
The Department of Justice has imposed a criminal penalty for the failure to comply

Understanding HIPAA

Visit the US Department of Health & Human Services to learn more about protecting your practice, patients, and the technology that supports it all.

 

  For violations prior to 2/18/2009 For violations occurring on or after 2/18/2009
Penalty Amount Up to $100 per violation $100 to $50,000 or more per violation
Calendar Year Cap $25,000 $1,500,000