Why Do People Break The HIPAA Rule?

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As we know the primary goal of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is to protect us. They establish national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and personal health information. But what happen when somebody break the rules?
Every time when we go to the Doctor Office they always explain us about HIPPA, also they give us a consent form to sign. As a patient you know the rules but as a Medical Assistant or anything related to the medical field you should be more than experienced with what you can or cannot do related to the patient rights, privacy and obviously HIPPA rules. “The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care …show more content…

It does not matter the reason you got, give directly or indirectly patient information to someone or the simple thing to check any patient information without a consent form is illegal. HIPAA do not play with that. Any violation to HIPAA occurring on or after 2/18/2009 will have a penalty of $100 to $50,000 or more per violation. A person who knowingly obtains or discloses individually identifiable health information in violation of the Privacy Rule may face a criminal penalty too. HIPAA is not about the money, is about people lives, people safety, people privacy and rights. We are all people, we all get sick; we all go through some stuff that we might not want anybody to know, from my point of view as a person, as a patient that would be awful for me if somebody else know what I am passing through. So I will use that as a medical assistant, and my priority will be my patient safety, confidentiality and trust. Why would you do something that you would not want for yourself? Simple, follow the HIPAA privacy

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