Tip of the Week: HIPAA Intertwines with Myriad Aspects of Practice

Pharmacy Times
by Shane P. Desselle, RPh, PhD, FAPhA
July 29, 2020

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is 1 of many laws and regulations with which pharmacies must comply. Failing to do so can result in extraordinary fines, termination by an employer, suspension or revocation of licensure, and long-lasting career damage.

Practicing according to HIPAA standards, though, is not just to protect yourself legally, but it is the right thing to do by way of patient care, particularly through the ethical tenets of beneficence and patient autonomy. HIPAA extends to many aspects of practice, not just the obvious maintenance of confidentiality preventing you from discussing patient-protected information with others not involved in the patient's treatment.

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