HIPAA Final Rule
The HIPAA Final Rule, released January 17, 2013, taking effect March 26, 2013, must be implemented by Covered Entities and Business Associates by September 23, 2013, which has already passed. One requirement is to train all workforce members. Even those familiar with HIPAA policies will need retraining, according to HHS Office of Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez.
HIPAA Security and Privacy Training
Competence in HIPAA is required for any party that comes in contact with a patient’s protected health information. Failure to apply HIPAA policies properly can compromise a patient’s rights and result in penalties of up to $1.5 million per violation.
For example, in 2008 a licensed practical nurse pled guilty to wrongfully disclosing a patient’s health information for personal gain and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both.
The nurse accessed a patient’s medical record and then shared that information with her husband, who on that same day, called the patient and told them he intended to use the information against the patient in an upcoming legal proceeding.
Train your staff
By training your Organization’s Workforce members it will help keep your Organization:
- Stay current on the sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules
- Protect the rights of patients
- Protect yourself from costly fines
OCR has six educational programs for health care providers on compliance with various aspects of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The materials can be found at the following website:
HIPAA Security and Privacy Training is appropriate for all Business Associate (BA) employees, all Covered Entity (CE) employees, and anyone who comes in contact with a patient’s protected health information.
No Organization is too small to implement HIPAA training procedures. Leon Rodriguez, director of the HHS Office of Civil Rights says that “we hope that health care providers pay careful attention to this resolution agreement and understand that the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules have been in place for many years, and OCR expects full compliance no matter the size of a covered entity.”
Don’t fall into the ‘it will never happen to us’ trap. A few hours of training can protect your firm’s reputation and prevent penalties of up to $1.5 million per violation.
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