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One aspect of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is patient privacy rules. There has been some confusion among medical personnel over the years as to what constitutes a violation of the privacy rules.
Consider this scenario:
Jane obtains her prescriptions for genital herpes treatment from XYZ pharmacies. One store is in her area. One day, she receives a flier from a pharmaceutical company advertising its herpes treatment product. This mailing has piled up with other pieces in the lobby of Jane’s apartment building, and her fellow tenants can easily see the description of the product and her name on the flier.
In your first post:
Review the scenario above and describe what possible HIPAA violations might have occurred, and at what level (criminal, civil). Use peer-reviewed literature to support your position.
Who in this situation would be considered responsible for any violations?
What would be the consequences of the violation(s)?