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HIPAA Sanctions

HIPAA mandates the implementation of sanctions for policy violations within covered entities. This policy focuses on employee sanctions for HIPAA violations by emphasizing the importance of safeguarding patients’ PHI. Key policy components include:

  • Unauthorized PHI access
  • Improper PHI disclosure
  • Severity levels for each violation
  • Failure to protect PHI
  • Disciplinary actions (e.g., verbal/written warnings, termination, legal action)

Violating HIPAA regulations can lead to penalties ranging from $100 to $250,000 and prison terms of 1 to 10 years. Consistent enforcement is crucial. This policy fosters a culture of compliance and ensures staff take HIPAA seriously. Regardless of size, all healthcare practices must maintain an up-to-date sanctions policy to safeguard PHI and prevent costly breaches.

Exceptions to sanctions

This policy also outlines exceptions where sanctions will not be applied to employees or business associates. These exceptions are:

  • Engaging in whistleblower activities
  • Submitting a complaint to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Participation in an investigation
  • Registering opposition to a violation of this HIPAA Sanction Policy

Also read: An Ultimate Guide To HIPAA Violation

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