HIPAA Risks from Employee Turnover in Healthcare – HIPAA Termination Procedures (for cause)
Firing an employee “for cause” can be an uncomfortable and involved process. States and municipalities can have wildly different standards required to justify a termination for cause.
Your organizational HIPAA Policies and Procedures should define expected behaviors and include corrective actions up to and including termination.
While you’re negotiating the legalities of termination from an employment law perspective, remember that HIPAA requires you to protect PHI throughout the process. It may be necessary to follow some of the suggestions listed in the previous while an employee is still technically employed.
If there are suspicions of wrongdoing related to PHI, it would be wise to flag all of the terminated employee’s system activity to look for any irregularities.
Final Thoughts: HIPAA Risks from Employee Turnover in Healthcare – Keep those Records
When employees leave your company, keep their HIPAA training records for at least six years following their departure. These records may be needed to prove appropriate training and affirmations in the event of an audit or breach.
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