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Did you know that the federal government can bring criminal charges against companies and company employees under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)? It can, and attorney generals and district attorneys around the country, are increasingly taking HIPAA violations seriously. Moreover, many states have parallel versions of the law that could create additional liability.
Criminal penalties for a violation of HIPAA apply to “covered entities.” These are health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers. Directors, employees, and officers of a covered entity can also be held liable, as can any other individuals that knowingly aid and abet criminal behavior.
Criminal charges for violating the HIPAA usually lead to prison time:
HIPAA violations can lead to pretty severe civil penalties as well:
If you are in the healthcare field, or buy and sell healthcare data, it is important to be aware of HIPAA and its provisions. If you have any questions about his issue, contact VITECH at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (800) 536-2156 to learn more.
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