Thursday, September 8, 2011

HIPAA Violations - There Are Consequenses

“There are no consequences. There are no consequences. There are no consequences.” And soon thereafter the Wicked Witch of the West “witch slapped” the Kansas smile right off of Dorothy.

A guy was recently charged with violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996(HIPAA), which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.

As the story goes, confidential medical records were found in a dumpster which apparently belonged to Avalon Centers Inc., a former eating disorder clinic. The defendant is charged with taking the confidential records. However, he claims he did not look through the records that he took and that he did not take any patient files. So for his “innocent until proven guilty” attitude, he is being charged with improperly obtaining and disclosing individually identifiable health information.

Dorothy, Are You Kidding Me!