In our last two posts we’ve evaluated HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and the Security Rule/Breach Notification Rule, which outline your duties under HIPAA. In our final post in this series, we’re going to take a close look at what happens if you violate, those rules, whether intentionally or inadvertently.
In our last post we started our discussion of HIPAA, the federal law governing patient privacy, with a look at HIPAA’s Privacy Rule. HIPAA is intended to impose nationwide standards on doctors in protecting patient privacy and pre-empts, or supersedes, any conflicting state laws. Therefore, Arizona’s patient privacy laws largely defer to federal law on the issue.
In our previous posts in this series, we looked at the discipline process as well as regulations surrounding the handling and prescribing of medication. This post will focus on the workplace safety regulations applicable to doctors’ offices at both the state and federal level.
In our previous post, we looked at the disciplinary framework for dentists as a whole. This post will look specifically at one topic that has increasingly resulted in discipline for both dentists and physicians alike over the last few years: narcotic pain medication prescriptions.