Previous Criminal Penalties for HIPAA Violations
Six people, including five ex-employees of a Tennessee healthcare facility, entered guilty pleas to criminal HIPAA violations in connection with an alleged plot to sell patient data from auto accidents to other parties.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the five former employees of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis recently pleaded guilty to charges of improperly releasing patient information violating HIPAA in a Tennessee federal court.
Each of the six individuals received criminal penalties for HIPAA violations, varying in severity, including:
- Maximum Penalty of 5 years in prison
- Maximum Penalty of 1 year in prison
- $250,000 fine
- $50,000 fine
- 48 months in prison
- 30 months in prison
- One year supervised release for each HIPAA violation
For regulators and law enforcement, stopping the misuse of patients’ protected health information is a top goal, according to regulatory lawyer Rachel Rose, who was not involved in either case.
How to Prevent Criminal Penalties for HIPAA Violations
Healthcare providers need to take all necessary steps to comply with HIPAA regulations. This includes regular training sessions for staff members handling PHI data, policies and procedures for proper handling, and implementing appropriate safeguards such as encryption technology within their systems.
By doing so, healthcare providers will avoid potential legal liabilities, including hefty fines and imprisonment that may arise from HIPAA violations. The protection of patient information is paramount. Everyone involved in the healthcare industry must take their responsibilities seriously.
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