Federal prosecutors are utilizing HIPAA subpoenas more frequently to be able to enforce healthcare laws.
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HIPAA subpoenas allow federal prosecutors to compel documents in healthcare offense investigations.
So what does it mean if you see a HIPAA subpoena?
It likely means that both criminal and civil cases are being created against your practice.
HIPAA subpoenas allow the federal prosecutors to share any information received with civil Department of Justice attorneys.
This allows civil and criminal attorneys to work together on healthcare offenses so that they can bring both civil and criminal charges against you for the same actions.
Because of this and recent breaches, it is essential that you protect your practice now. We help our clients determine what they need to do to protect their practices.
Make sure that your Compliance Program is up to date and your HIPAA Policies and Procedures are current.
Ensure that your staff is trained often so that they can quickly alert you to any potential violations of state or federal laws.
Staff should be familiar with your policies and procedures and know what to do in the event of a breach or receipt of a HIPAA subpoena.
The government is cracking down on healthcare offenses, as crimes and breaches increase. HIPAA subpoenas are expected to be used more frequently moving forward.
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