Axia College of University of Phoenix
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 Describe the law and its purpose. Basically the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) provides assistants to patients and health care consumers with being able to maintain and keep their information private and personal as much as possible. HIPPA was enacted by the U.S. Congress. Our president at the time Bill Clinton signed it in 1996. This means that it was enacted by the federal government. Some major things that employees should know about the Health Care Portability and Accountability Act(HIPPA) include: what it is and what it’s purpose is, What would be considered personal or identifiable health information, what a covered entity is and how an employer may be one, what the covered entities must do to protect consumers of health care, what the written privacy procedures are, when authorization of the patient is necessary, disclosing PHI, when penalties to violations of the privacy rules and exceptions, and the state laws. There are many fines for those who do not abide by the law for the organization. They range for the fine is from $100 and up, and can stack on top of each other for each violation that occurs. The maximum penalty is $25,000 per year, per person, per standard. If two standards were violated, the potential penalty could be as much as $50,000. Criminal penalty could be up to a $250,000 fine and ten years in prison. This may be imposed for "knowingly and improperly" disclosing information or obtaining information under "false pretenses", with higher penalties reserved for violations designed for financial gain or "malicious harm". State laws could impose additional penalties for the same offenses, and most states would also allow common-law suits such as invasion of privacy and emotional distress, among other causes of action. In November,...