We Take HIPAA Violations Seriously

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. The purpose of the law is to protect the right of individually identifiable health information.

The privacy rule only applies to covered entities or the health service providers who transmit health information electronically, including researchers. When parties breach legal guidelines set in HIPAA, they are violating the law and are therefore liable to stern penalties. These penalties can include hefty fines, criminal proceedings and imprisonment.

Your Privacy Matters

Under Section 1177 of HIPAA, wrongful disclosure of an individual's personal medical information is a violation of this law. In other words, health care service providers are required to expose a person's health information to a third party only with express consent of the patient. The patient must give permission by signing a written document. If a health professional violates this law, they may be fined up to $50,000 or be imprisoned for up to 10 years.

HIPAA also covers the health insurance policies of individuals. In the past, many were afraid that if they changed their job, there would be problems caused by their existing health problems. They feared that their employer's policy may not cover their needs.

Under HIPAA, a person can change a job without having to worry about losing their medical coverage. If an employer violates this law, the employee should file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. If the company is found to have violated the law, a fine of up to $50,000 is imposed.

Failure to release medical information to a patient is also regarded as violation of HIPAA. Patients have the right to receive personal information on demand.

We Are Here To Help

If you would like to discuss a HIPAA violation with a lawyer in Minnesota, please call our Minneapolis office at 612-444-9466. You can also send us a confidential email to tell our attorney about your case or request an appointment.