At the end of November, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced inflation adjustments for HIPAA penalties and a few others. Group health plan sponsors and other entities who violate any rules of HIPAA will see a penalty increase of 1.182%.
HIPAA is broken down into four tiers of violations, categorized by level of culpability, with minimum and maximum penalty amounts for each and an annual cap for multiple breaches of an identical HIPAA provision. We've outlined these changes for you:
There is a lot of conversation around what’s considered a violation of HIPAA rights and what is not. So, before we share the most common violations to be aware of, we feel we should first brief you on what HIPAA is and to whom it applies.
HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and intends to protect individuals' health information while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide high-quality healthcare. HIPAA consists of three parts: the Privacy Rule, the Security Rule, and the Breach Notification Rule.