How Effective Is The HIPAA Regulations?

Dawn Burriss of Optimize MagazineĀ has written a wonderful article on the HIPAA regulations and whether it has really changed anything at all. She has first hand knowledge of how everything used to be before going electronic and helped mold what we now know as HIPAA.

“More than a decade ago, I had the opportunity to help shape the early health-care transaction standards that would one day become HIPAA. I worked on the American National Standards Institute’s X12 835 committee to define the first version of standard remittance advice, which is now a HIPAA standard. Back then, we could only imagine a time when the health-care industry would give up its paper processes and go electronic. Thanks to HIPAA and the hard work of several industry organizations, standardized formats finally arrived, and electronic-transaction usage increased as a direct result.”

“The Department of Justice now has the authority to pursue only violations of the most egregious natureā€”those that represent deliberate misuse of patient information. The penalties for lesser violations, such as inadvertent disclosures of health information, were set in the original HIPAA legislation and aren’t, at first glance, particularly onerous: a minimum of $100 per violation per year, and a maximum of $25,000 per year per violation. The real deterrent isn’t the fines themselves, but the bad publicity that befalls an organization when fines are imposed.”

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