The maximum fines for HIPAA violations have increased from $25,000 to $1,500,000. That's a 6,000% increase! Violations could include acts such as not properly destroying patient information before it is discarded. Also, if a practitioner has knowledge that their patients information has not been properly discarded, they are legally required to let both the authorities as well as their patients know that information is at risk.
The States' Attorneys General are now the ones in charge of ensuring HIPAA compliance. This change is meant to increase the policing of health care providers. AGs have already shown that they are ready to enforce the HIPAA laws and they are currently being trained by the Office of Civil Rights on how to effectively enforce HIPAA.
With fines reaching over one million dollars, you can never be "wrong" in doing what is right, performing safe and secure document destruction with Safeguard Records Management!