Your website can land you in HIPAA trouble.

Testimonials.  In 2016, a California physical therapy provider settled violations of HIPAA with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) by agreeing to payment of $25,000, adoption and implementation of a corrective action plan, and annual reporting of compliance efforts for one year. This settlement was in response to an August 8, 2012 complaint alleging that the physical therapy provider impermissibly disclosed numerous individuals’ protected health information (PHI) when it posted patient testimonials, including full names and full face photographic images, to its website without obtaining valid, HIPAA-compliant authorizations.

Jeanine Lehman is an Austin, Texas dental and health law attorney. She can be reached at (512) 918-3435, or  © Jeanine Lehman 2019. 

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