Nov 13, 2018

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The Consequences of Not Taking HIPAA Seriously | Medical Documentation | iData Medical

The Consequences of Not Taking HIPAA Seriously | Medical Documentation | iData Medical

The Consequences of Not Taking HIPAA Seriously | Medical Documentation | iData Medical

Privacy. Speech Recognition

In today’s global climate, privacy feels like a thing of the past. Our cell phone numbers, emails, employment and home addresses, credit cards, and so forth are almost daily being compromised by hackers or released due to human error. The effect of this on-going reality is that we’ve become accustomed to the news that the database of yet another Fortune 200 company was infiltrated, and consequently millions of records of American consumers are no longer private. Slowly, this numbing wave of unwelcomed news bleeds (no pun intended) into the medical documentation world.  Organizations unintentionally become victims of tolerating this reality. Few are the intentional violators; but many possess the careless and passive attitudes towards HIPAA compliance. Often, they (we) think “Besides, what are the odds that my business will be compromised?” or “what are the odds that my business will be audited and penalized?”

The odds? They are increasing and not in your favor. AGs across the US are clamping down on violators, regardless of cause, and are issuing heavy fines, both civil penalties, injunctive relief, and in rare cases criminal indictments against individuals and organizations that are not diligent with HIPAA regulations. Just because someone else didn’t comply will never exonerate your lack of vigilance.

Take the case of ATA Consulting and Best Medical Transcription which was fined $200K by the New Jersey Attorney General. While the civil penalties are steep, the material and good will impact to the reputation of the defendant is cataclysmic. ATA Consulting (Best Medical Transcription) shuttered its doors and is no longer permitted to operated in New Jersey. For more on this story, click below to read the news release:

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