If a security breach occurs in a dental practice, the practice owner must take the necessary steps in order to comply with federal law, in order to avoid a potential increase in liability exposure.
Rules Requiring Patient Notification of a Security Breach
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued strict regulatory guidelines that dental practice owners must follow in the event of a security breach. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also issued breach notification regulatory requirements that dental practice owners must comply with, in the event of a security breach.
Breach Notification Requirements
Depending on the type of security breach and the extent of the breach, a dental practice owner must notify affected patients, the Secretary of HHS and the FTC [if applicable], and, in certain circumstances, the media.
If you are not familiar with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the HITECH Act, and the 2013 Final Rule your dental practice is probably not in HIPAA compliance. In fact, statistically, 85% of all dental practices are not in HIPAA Compliance.
Dental practices that have experienced a breach of patient protected health care information can significantly limit their legal exposure by complying with simple regulatory guidelines.
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq.
Stuart J. Oberman is the founder and President of Oberman Law Firm. Mr. Oberman graduated from Urbana University and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Oberman has been practicing law for over 30 years, and before going into private practice, Mr. Oberman was in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Company.
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