The practice questions and answers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act provided by the University of Hawaii include a multiple choice question regarding what is covered under HIPAA laws and true or false questions regarding the rights of patients under HIPAA. The practice questions also include situational story problems.Continue Reading
HIPAA, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1996, seeks to protect the privacy of patient information and provide and continue health insurance coverage for Americans who change or lose their job. The Office for Civil Rights, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, oversees and enforces the following provisions of HIPAA: the HIPAA privacy rule, the HIPAA security rule, the HIPAA breach notification rule and the confidentiality provisions of the patient safety rule.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established a new tiered system of punishments for HIPAA violations, says the American Medical Association. Under that punishment system, a HIPAA violation due to willful neglect is punishable by a fine between $10,000 and $50,000 per violation, if the violator corrects the violation within the legally allotted time. Such a violation that is not properly corrected is punishable by a fine of $50,000 per violation.Learn more about Law