Several Businesses Recently Were Fined 1.5 Million Dollars Because They Did Not Understand HIPAA rules and Thought They Did Not Have to be Compliant
Ignorance is no excuse! As of last year, only 14% of all Law fims were in compliance.
Doing nothing is not an option. Florida Bar Ethics Rules REQUIRE HIPAA compliance for Personal Injury, Elder Law, Medical Malpractice, and any other law firm or entity that comes into contact with medical records.
When law firms handle work that involves “protected health information” (PHI) for covered entities under HIPAA, they generally fall under the business associate classification. PHI includes items such as medical history or records, laboratory results and insurance information. This can affect firms in a variety of practice areas, such as medical malpractice cases or eldercare law. When accepting such clients, law firms need to understand that they become regulated by HIPAA and will be liable for any violation under the act.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to covered entities, which it defines as health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers. Covered entities often need to work with other organizations to carry out functions and activities. The Privacy Rule allows providers and health plans to share PHI with these so-called business associates, if the business associates provide appropriate assurances that they will only use the information for the purposes for which they were engaged, will safeguard the information and will help the covered entity comply with some of the covered entity’s duties under the Privacy Rule. Generally, covered entities and their business associates must sign “business associate agreements” (BAA) to ensure compliance.
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