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The Worst HIPAA Violation Penalties for Bradenton Companies 

A doctor or nurse sitting at a desk in front of a laptop. This image represents HIPAA violation penalties.

As a healthcare provider or manager, your business is subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA outlines standards regarding the privacy and security of the Protected Health Information (PHI) of your patients. 

These laws are very strict, so if you or your staff break or violate HIPAA rules, you may be subject to hefty fines or (in some rare cases) even jail time. 

If you want to know how to protect your business from HIPAA violations, contact the team at ShredQuick today. Read on to learn more about the worst HIPAA violations facing Bradenton, FL companies. 

Civil Penalties

A civil penalty is a non-criminal form of restitution. This kind of penalty is imposed by government institutions to punish wrongdoings. HIPAA civil penalties start at $100 and can extend to $25,000 with multiple violations. 

The penalties are most severe when individuals were aware of the violation or should have been aware had due diligence been exercised, also known as willful neglect. 

Criminal Penalties

Criminal violations of HIPAA rules can result in jail time, hefty fines, and restitution to victims. The minimum fine for willful violations starts at $50,000 and rises to $250,000. 

You can face jail time if you are guilty of a criminal violation. When you are guilty due to negligence, the prison term can be up to one year. Unfortunately, knowingly violating HIPAA rules can result in a prison term of up to ten years. 

HIPAA Violation Classifications

The government organizes HIPAA penalties in tiers. Your penalty for violation will depend on the severity of the violation, how long it has gone on, and whether you have been non-compliant across multiple areas. 

The four tiers are as follows: 

  • In Tier 1: The individual or entity was unaware of and could not have reasonably avoided the violation
  • At Tier 2: The individual or entity was or should have been aware of but could not have reasonably avoided the violation
  • For Tier 3: The violation resulted from “willful negligence” and the individual or entity has attempted to correct it
  • In Tier 4: The violation resulted from “willful negligence,” and the individual or entity has not attempted to correct it

With these penalties in mind, Bradenton companies need to be mindful of their data destruction practices.

Enlist ShredQuick for Help

At ShredQuick, we can help you avoid HIPAA violations by offering comprehensive information destruction services, including business and residential document shredding, hard drive destruction, computer recycling, and X-ray recycling. 

Call us today for a free consultation and avoid paying the severe consequences of a HIPAA breach.


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