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How Employers Can Avoid Hefty HIPAA Violations

by Stacey Zill & Veenita Raj
Becker's Hospital Review
June 3, 2014

Stacey Zill's article, "How Employers Can Avoid Hefty HIPAA Violations," was published on Becker's Hospital Review on June 3, 2014.

From the article...

"According to HHS, the fraudulent use and sale of protected health information is on the rise. The vast majority of HIPAA violations in 2013 were attributed, in part, to workplace theft and mishandling of PHI.

Employers can avoid many of the violations arising out of employee misconduct by instituting proper training protocols.While HIPAA itself provides for no private right of action, individuals are increasingly using its privacy standards as the basis for actions under state laws, including claims for invasion of privacy, negligence, negligent supervision and hiring, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  These actions are, in essence, creating a private right to recover monetary damages where a person's PHI has not been properly protected as required by HIPPA.  As a health care employer, do you have proper protocols in place that are consistent with the protections afforded by HIPPA, and sufficient to avoid employee theft or mishandling of PHI?"

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