and facilities must have safeguards for the policy and security that will

And facilities must have safeguards for the policy

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and facilities must have safeguards for the policy and security that will protect the health information of all the patients’ (). Any health care provider that is responsible for transmitting patient health information electronically is covered by the privacy rule (Radio, K. 2011). According to the American Medical Association the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) which has been signed into law since February seventeenth,
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HEALTH LAW AND REGULATIONS PAPER 6 two thousand and nine, there is an established tier that states the civil penalty structure for HIPAA violations. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHA) has the ability and discretion to determine the amount of a penalty that will be assessed to the violators. The penalty will be based on the nature and extent of the violation and the nature and extent of the harm that resulted from the violation (). The penalty amount can range from one hundred dollars all the way up to one point five million dollars. Failing to shred a patient’s personal health information or not having a proper disposal procedure is also a violation of the HIPAA law. Unprotected storage of private health information is what caused this lawsuit to be brought forth in the first place. The most common HIPAA violation is stolen laptops. Many facilities and organizations have switched from the traditional paper charting to the now more technical advanced electronic charting. The staff has to be trained and orientated on the importance to making sure that they keep their assigned tablets, laptops, and mobile devices locked and secured. When health care personnel store private information on unsecured devices such as laptops or thumbnail drives, their patients’ personal information could easily become stolen, sold, or disclosed. Reference
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HEALTH LAW AND REGULATIONS PAPER 7 Hamel, M. B., Blumenthal, D., & Collins, S. R. (2014). Health care coverage under the affordable care act -- A progress report. The New England Journal of Medicine, 371 (3), 275- 81. Retrieved from
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