After a year long deliberation by the state of Pennsylvania, it's been decided that a former Patient Care Coordinator, Linda Sue Kalina, will be on probation for the next 3 years following 12 months of imprisonment, for accessing 111 patient records unlawfully.
Of the records accessed, the majority were relatives, old class mates and friends. She claims she was going through a hard time, and looked up their PHI out of curiosity. Kalina claims that she was HIPAA trained, but was unaware of the Minimum Necessary Rule which would prevent her from accessing records for malicious intent.
Proper Termination and Sanction policies and procedures outlined the best next steps for Kalina's employment termination.
Situations like this are common and often highlight why having proper HIPAA training, in plain language so all can understand, is crucial in order to avoid major monetary fines!
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