Common forms of HIPAA violations

Listed below are the common forms of violations to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 that compromise the privacy of individual’s health records:

• Unsafe devices that store sensitive health information of patients, or when devices containing health records are stolen.
• Any “covered entities” or “business associates” that wrongfully disseminates a health record of a patient.
• Wrongful dumping of patients’ medical records.
• Unauthorized persons looking at medical records of patients.

The legal team of the Hankey Law Office believes that in Indiana alone, many disabled people are wrongfully being denied their much needed long term disability benefits after their HIPAA rights have been violated. If you suspect that your HIPAA rights have been violated, our efficient lawyers may help you file a complaint. Find out how we may possibly help you get your benefits today by calling our offices at 800-520-3633.

US commits to ensuring mobile health firms understand HIPAA

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) outlined in a letter that it will begin working with health app companies to make sure they remain in line with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), reported on January 26.

In the letter, Secretary Sylvia Burwell said that the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will meet mobile health companies and The App Association (ACT) to detail all aspects of HIPAA and how the health law will apply to these specific mediums. The OCR will also tackle advanced technologies such as “cloud storage,” and will try to come up with a system that will handle queries and technological advances. ACT CEO Morgan Reed expressed enthusiasm that the government is eager to help them improve patients’ care within legal guidelines.

Many disabled people and their beneficiaries are sadly denied the compensation they need as a result of HIPAA breaches. If you believe that you have a HIPAA violation claim in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may work for you to get your much-needed benefits. Discuss your situation with us today at 800-520-3633 to learn more about your options.

Dentist ordered to settle $12K for violating HIPAA

A former dental practitioner in Indianapolis recently was ordered by the state’s dental board to pay $12,000 after he was found guilty of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), WTHR reported on January 10.

An investigation revealed that Joseph Beck improperly disposed of five dozen boxes at a church parking lot containing sensitive information of about 6,000 patients. Patients’ personal information, including their medical histories, credit card and Social Security numbers, were stored in the dumped boxes. The Attorney General’s Office notified the patients of the possible privacy breach after the boxes were taken into custody. Beck, whose dental license was revoked in 2011 due to negligence and fraudulent activities, agreed to settle the fine imposed on him.

The Indiana lawyers of the Hankey Law Office understand that HIPAA breaches can result in disabled individuals and their beneficiaries being denied their benefits. If you are in such a situation, our lawyers may possibly help you file a claim against the negligent parties. Learn more about your options by calling 800-520-3633 today.

Indiana HIPAA violator ordered to pay $1.44 million

A pharmacist and her employer, Walgreen, in Indiana were ordered to pay $1.44 million for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), INDYSTAR reported on November 17.
The Indiana Court of Appeals on November 14 decided that Walgreen Co. and employee Audra Withers were liable were disclosing the confidential medical records of Abigail Hinchy. Withers was sued for wrongfully accessing confidential information of Hinchy and sharing it with her husband. Withers’s husband who had a past relationship with Hinchy reportedly disclosed the information to several individuals and attempted to use it in a lawsuit against Hinchy. Walgreen settled $1.44 million even though they disagreed with the ruling. A legal counsel of Hinchy stated that Walgreen’s motion to appeal the case made way for other HIPAA violation victims to hold companies liable.
Sadly many people are having trouble getting their health benefits after their HIPAA rights have been violated. However, if this happened to you in Indiana, the lawyers of Hankey Law Office may be able to help you. Contact our office today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may help you pursue claims against negligent parties.

Civil Rights Director speaks on HIPAA improvement

Newly-appointed Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Director Jocelyn Samuels recently stated the agency will enforce and improve HIPAA policies, Tech Target reported on September 18.

In her first speech about HIPAA this year at the Consumer Health Summit, Samuels stated the importance of individuals’ rights to privately access their medical documents in paper form or electronically. OCR aims to educate consumers about their HIPAA rights, but this only works if people are given their own accurate medical information. Entities and other business associates were asked by the OCR to voluntarily comply with HIPAA policies. Starting October 6, individuals may now get their medical test results straight from laboratories or online.

Unfortunately many people in America are being denied their long term disability benefits due to HIPAA privacy breaches. However, if you think this has happened to you in Indiana, the attorneys of Hankey Law Office may advocate for you. Find out how we may possibly help you get your much needed reimbursement from your insurer today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Individuals’ health information rights under HIPAA

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 all covered entities, such as health care providers and health insurers, should honor individuals’ rights regarding their health information.

  • Every individual has a right to obtain and make necessary corrections to their health information.
  • Every individual should be informed by covered entities on who else will use their health information and how, and make personal decisions if they allow such actions.
  • Every individual has the right to know specific details on how their health information was used and shared.
  • Every individual has the right to file a complaint if they believe that their rights were violated or their health information was compromised.

The lawyers at the Hankey Law Office work for individuals in Indiana who believe they were denied long-term disability benefits because their HIPAA rights were violated. If you believe this has happened to you, we may possibly advocate for you to get your much needed benefits. Call our offices at 800-520-3633 today to learn more.

Indiana health care provider violates HIPAA

A health care provider in Indiana was ordered to settle a fine worth $800,000 after violating a privacy rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, Business Weekly reported on June 23.

According to the complaint filed by Dr. Christine Hamilton, staff members of Parkview Health left thousands of patients’ medical records unattended and unguarded on her driveway on June 4, 2009. The dozens of boxes containing medical records were left near a busy street even though Dr. Hamilton told Parkview that she refused to accept the delivery at that time. In addition to the monetary settlement, Parkview also agreed to conduct staff training and review its methods of safeguarding medical records of patients.

The maintenance of medical records is a vital service that patients trust professionals to handle. Sadly, many workers are denied long-term disability insurance when health care providers fail to secure their medical records. If you experience this, a lawyer may work for you to get the benefits you need. Speak with the Indiana-based lawyers at the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633, and learn more about your options.

HIPAA violations mostly accomplished through theft

A recent federal report said most cases of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations are done by theft of computers or other technological devices that contain people’s health information, McKnight’s reported on June 16.

Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Health reported on June 11 that almost 50 percent of HIPAA information infringements every year are accomplished through device theft. An estimated 200 HIPAA violations that compromised more than 500 individuals each were reported to OCR in 2011 and 2012. Health care providers are required by HIPAA standards to notify federal authorities if information violations affect at least 500 persons. Those who do business with healthcare providers can also be responsible for HIPAA violations, as they were in a huge breach in 2011 that affected millions of people.

If you are having trouble getting your long-term disability benefits after your health information has been comprised in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may advocate for you. Find out how our lawyers may represent you in this difficult time by calling (800) 520-3633.

Are hackers the next threat to privacy at long-term care centers?

A compliance expert has recently predicted that hackers are the next biggest threat to confidential health information in long-term care centers.

According to Blue Orange Compliance CEO John DiMaggio, HIPAA violations result not only from human error or malicious inside attacks from disgruntled employees, but also more recently and more frequently from malicious outside attacks by hackers or phishers.

There are several precautions that health care providers can take when safeguarding private health information: implementing and maintaining secure firewalls, changing passwords on a regular basis, and monitoring network logs.

At the Hankey Law Office P.C., our attorneys work for those in Indiana that are having trouble applying for long-term disability funds. An attorney’s guidance can be extremely beneficial when dealing with this confusing application process. Find out how we may be able to help by calling (800) 520-3633.

How HIPAA protects workers’ medical information

In order to safeguard workers’ medical information, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 ensures that covered entities and business associates strictly abide by rules for handling critical information.

  • Workers’ health information should be protected and prevented from being unnecessarily revealed by covered entities and business associates.
  • Only the necessary information should be accessible to covered entities.
  • Procedures in accessing workers’ health information should be established and covered entities should educate employees in protecting critical information.

Sadly, even though HIPAA was established to protect workers’ health information, many are still having problems being reimbursed for their long-term disability benefits. If you are experiencing this, an Indiana-based lawyer at the Hankey Law Office may advocate for you. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.