Criminal Penalties Under HIPAA: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know!

Mark R. Brengelman

Mark R. Brengelman

Mark holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from Emory University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky. Retiring as an Assistant Attorney General, he now represents Health care professionals Two government ethics commissions, and Parents and kids in confidential child abuse and neglect cases,...
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July 31, 2024
01:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT
60 Mins

How to Avoid HIPAA Penalties and Fines: The Costly Impact of a Single Oversight

The basic provisions of privacy for protected health information are well known, but their application in today’s world of electronic and personal communication devices is complex.  On-going training and education of the health care workforce is a necessary requirement to comply with HIPAA. That on-going training and education involves the performance and completion of a Risk Assessment under HIPAA rules in order to gauge and evaluate the vulnerability to HIPAA violations of any given health care covered entity. Performing a proper Risk Assessment will hopefully uncover vulnerabilities that the covered entity will correct.  But what if there is a breach, nonetheless?  What can be done or shown to demonstrate one’s good-faith efforts to comply?

Erase the fear, uncertainty, and doubt about exactly how a health care practitioner as a covered entity can mitigates fines and sanctions applicable to a HIPAA violation and breach of protected health information. Learn the basic structure of penalties for HIPAA violations including the complicated, subjective HIPAA violation penalty tiers, Tiers 1 to 4.  Review a summary of criminal penalties that can arise out of a HIPAA violation, too.  Analyze common HIPAA violations and see how intent and preparation either help or harm your case.

Find out how the failure to do just that one thing may cost a covered entity dearly in a $650,000 administrative fine case where the lack of one component was a specific factor in assessing such harsh sanctions.

In addition, discover how best to avoid HIPAA violations in the first place with a Top Five Takeaways that will mitigate the sanctions applied in the event a violation occurs.

Webinar Objectives

This webinar will address the problem areas of HIPAA sanctions and financial penalties that covered entities can avoid or mitigate.

It will serve as an introduction to HIPAA and emphasize the importance of ongoing training and education. Additionally, it will cover the significance and elements of a proper HIPAA Risk Assessment, provide an overview of Tiers 1 to 4 for HIPAA violations and monetary sanctions, and examine the unusual case of the $650,000 penalty.

Finally the session will conclude with the top five takeaways for compliance.

Webinar Highlights

  • Introduction to HIPAA
  • Importance of on-going training and education
  • Significance of a proper HIPAA Risk Assessment
  • Elements of a HIPAA Risk Assessment
  • Basics of Tiers 1 to 4 for HIPAA violations and monetary sanctions
  • Examination of the case of the $650,000 penalty
  • Top five takeaways for compliance

Who Should Attend

Health care attorneys; corporate compliance officers in health care; medical records staff of medical offices and health care entities; hospital attorneys; health care practitioners who are covered entities; law enforcement officers in health care compliance; state boards and agencies with jurisdiction over state licenses to practice a health care profession

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