Has Your Employer Violated Your HIPAA Privacy?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is designed to protect an individual’s health information from inappropriate disclosure. Even though HIPAA has been in effect for a number of years, HIPAA violations still occur. Following are some of the common mistakes made by entities covered by HIPAA.
Noncompliance with security rules
Covered entities are required to implement security measures for protecting electronic health information. Although the rules have existed since 2005, many companies have not yet put into practice policies and procedures designed to safeguard this information. In addition, many other companies have not amended plan documents and business agreements that went into effect prior to 2005 to make sure they comply with HIPAA electronic health security measures.
Lack of worker training
Disregarding medical reimbursement programs
Failure to update and remind participants about privacy policies