Arguably one of the most important federal laws that exists to protect the public in terms of their medical care is HIPAA. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was instituted to ensure that medical professionals are not permitted to share confidential information about their patients with others unless they have permission. Of course, there are a number of other matters covered in HIPAA but this is the part that is most easily violated and often results in serious trouble for medical professionals who may have unknowingly shared too much. For example, if a medical professional mentions to a friend that a famous person is receiving treatment, they have violated HIPAA. Even this seemingly insignificant mention can result in very big trouble for a healthcare professional. Of course, there are many other ways that HIPAA can be violated but this is just a simple example of how it can be violated by mistake.
If a hospital, a patient, or another colleague were to find out that a HIPAA violation was made, they may be obligated to report it to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct. Once a complaint is received by the OPMC, they will have to launch an investigation into the claims and either dismiss it or determine that a hearing should be held. At a hearing, the Board can determine what disciplinary actions may be appropriate and even take away one’s license to practice medicine forever.
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