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HIPAA Violation Infographic

Health Insurance Companies Process 1 in 5 Claims Wrong

The High Cost of HIPAA Violations

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects the Personal Health Information (PHI) held by physicians, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, health insurance companies and other healthcare organizations. PHI is made up of any information related to
the patient including the healthcare record or medical chart, and payment data.


•  Patient Name   

•  Address   

•  Date of Birth  

•  Phone number  

•  Medical Record Number

There are severe penalties that can be levied against individuals and organizations for not following HIPAA regulations. Civil penalties can go as high as 1.5 million per violation and criminal penalties can land you in jail for up to 10 years. For example, merely sending regular emails to patients (emails that are not encrypted and secure) can cost you up to a $10,000 fine for each email sent. Email services such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL and Outlook, to name a few, are typically unencrypted.  Here are three more brief examples of fines.

•  $100,000 fine for a 5 physician practice for not safeguarding PHI [More]  $1 million for leaving patient info on the subway   $2.25 million for not disposing of patient information

The HIPAA infographic below gives you a quick graphical glimpse of some penalties imposed by the federal government and a breakdown of the fines that are on the table for noncompliance of HIPAA.

Infographic authored by Inspired eLearning, providers of online security awareness and training programs. To view the original post, check out the original HIPAA violation infographic.

Tell us of your HIPAA horror story.  Leave a comment below.

is a 20 year veteran of healthcare having managed medical practices. He advises medical practices, physicians and practice administrators on how to run their practice and manage their medical billing and revenue cycle management. Manny speaks, blogs and makes videos at www.CaptureBilling.com, a blog that is tops in the medical billing and coding field. READ MORE

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