October 20, 2016
Join us for an educational webinar that helps employers recognize the key provisions of HIPAA, how their organizations are affected by HIPAA, and how the privacy rules impact them.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT
The webinar is free for RRA clients.
Until Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996, personal health information was protected by a patchwork of federal and state laws. Patients’ health information (PHI) could be distributed without their consent for reasons having nothing to do with their medical treatment or health care reimbursement. The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individual’s medical records and other personal health information. The Rule sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures of PHI, gives individuals rights over their PHI and requires that appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of PHI are in place.
In addition, the HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all ePHI it creates, receives, maintains or transmits, and to ensure its workforce complies with the procedures implemented to comply with the rule. If entities don’t comply with the regulations, the government can impose civil penalties for noncompliance ranging from $100 to $250,000 and, in extreme cases, criminal penalties and imprisonment.