The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), (Public Law 104 – 191) consists of two major sections: Health Insurance Reform and Administrative Simplification. The Administrative Simplification section calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to develop standards for the format and content of health care transactions and includes provisions regarding:
Standardized electronic transaction formats and code sets
Universal provider, employer, health plan and patient identifiers
Security and privacy for the protection of individually identifiable patient information
Penalties for non-compliance with transaction standards and wrongful disclosure of patient information
Any organization that handles or stores electronic health care data must comply with HIPAA regulations by October 16, 2002, with the exception of small health plans, who have until October 16, 2003. HIPAA calls for the following penalties for failure to comply:
Violations of HIPAA standards garnishes a $100 penalty for each infraction with a maximum penalty of $25,000
Wrongful disclosure of patient information commands a $50,000 fine and/or not more than one year in prison
Wrongful disclosure under false pretenses results in a $100,000 fine and/or not more than five years in prison
The penalty for disclosure of patient data with intent to sell is a $250,000 fine and/or not more than 10 years in prison
PMC is committed to providing the tools and guidance necessary to comply with HIPAA, and supports all transaction formats and security standards mandated by HIPAA.
MBA will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us in the contact form.
No personally identifiable information is exchanged with any outside parties. Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.