President Bill Clinton, in the year 1996 signed into law the health insurance portability and accountability act. This means that people have had almost 20 years to educate themselves when it comes to remaining HIPAA compliant. It is important for you to know that when you break this law the courts will not forgive you and there are consequences of your actions. HIPAA violation usually results to fines which range from $100 to 1.5 million dollars. If you are not careful, you might even lose your medical license, not that this is how serious it says when you break the law. If you don’t want to be fined or even lose your license make sure that you do everything that you can so that you can take major steps in order to avoid breaking the law.
It is important for you to know that when they say that you have violated the act, this usually means that one of your employees or even you has gone against what has gone against the regulations that are on the act. The act is there to ensure that the patients’ privacy is adhered to. The law is very simple though it is important for you to make sure that you seek legal help where you don’t understand.
No one should access the patient’s records do in certain circumstances such as treatment, payments and healthcare operations you are allowed to do so. If you look at a patient’s records for any other reason it is considered being nosey and it does not matter if the patient is your family member or friend. This is one of the most common HIPPA violation that many people end up making. In every Hospital they should make sure that they take major steps in ensuring that their patients’ files are well-protected using encrypt and password so that no one can access them.
If you violate these regulations, the first thing that the court will do is ensure that the check how you operate your business. It is important for you to ensure that you let the court know that you are doing all that you can in order to avoid making these mistakes again. All your medical data should be encrypted. If you encrypt your files no one can be able to still them and if they do they cannot be able to read the files. It works as a double protection if your files are ever stolen you have nothing to worry about. The law also states that all the portable devices in the hospital she will use encryption as this helps in safeguarding PHI.