Providers are Unaware of Civil Litigation Risks That Could Result from HIPAA Violations

Rosenbaum, Arnold
February 2004
Click (1532-0391);Feb/Mar2004, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p5
The article reports that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 legislation, implemented in April 2003 (privacy) and October 2003 (transaction and code sets), presents a new and serious risk to all entities handling protected health information. The federal penalties for HIPAA breaches have been listed and, although severe, pale in comparison to the financial liability exposure presented by the possibilities of leaked, misplaced, unsecured or Internet hacked information. There is a widespread misunderstanding among providers that malpractice and professional liability policies cover privacy and security violations of HIPAA legislation.


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