Criminal Indictment for HIPAA Violation

Prosecution of criminal violations of HIPAA are rare, but on July 3, 2014 the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of a former employee of an East Texas hospital for HIPAA violations.   The employee, Joshua Hippler, was charged with Wrongful Disclosure of Individually Identifiable Health Information.   Mr. Hippler can face up to ten years in prison if found guilty. 42 U.S.C. §1320d-6 provides for the criminal prosecution of individuals who knowingly use a unique health identifier, obtain individually identifiable… Read More >