What should I know about violating HIPAA?

Occasionally, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals find themselves in situations where they have unintentionally (or intentionally) violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. If a patient’s health information is shared, the person or persons who are responsible may lose their job or even their medical license altogether. Violating HIPAA laws can result in serious repercussions. Your credibility in the medical industry may be permanently tarnished and you may never be able to fully repair your career.

It is important that you are aware of the repercussions that you will inevitably face. People want to be able to trust their doctor and the professional staff that works in their doctor’s office. Medical information is sensitive and personal so there is no reason for it to be compromised in any way. Once the hospital or board of medical licensure is notified that you have violated HIPAA laws, an investigation must take place to determine what happened and the severity of the event that occurred. If you are suspected of a HIPAA violation, you will require the assistance of an experienced medical law attorney who can examine your case and tell you what the next steps should take are.

If you require a medical law attorney for your legal matters, call Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer. Please contact the Walker Medical Law firm to set up a free initial consultation.