The Danger of Tattle Tales Under HITECH

Resources to help you – HITECH Survival Center

The last time that any of us heard the word “tattle tale” was probably in grade school but with HIPAA HITECH it is joining the lexicon of the healthcare and employee benefits worlds.

First there is the “tattle” rule that requires a BA -ie a broker or consultant – to report breaches to HHS on their own customers or face penalties themselves. Nice way to lose a client and tons of revenue.

Second – and even scarier – is the hotline that is setup for whistleblowers to report breaches and the financial incentives they have to do so. A portion of any fines levied as a resukt of a whistleblower’s actions goes to that person.

So now every person in your own organization, the carriers or former staff could have a field day at your expense…and your E & O won’t pay a penny in your defense.

Are you paying attention now?

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