How do you report a HIPAA violation?

8. How do you report a HIPAA violation?

Answer: If you believe that a health care organization, such as Covered Entity (CE) or Business Associate (BA) has violated an individual’s health information privacy rights or actually committed a violation of the Privacy, Security or Breach Notification Rules, then you may file a claim with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights by visiting the following:
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/ 

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Please note the following regarding filing a HIPAA complaint:
Your complaint must:

  • Be filed in writing, either electronically via the OCR Complaint Portal, or on paper by mail, fax, or e-mail;
  • Name the covered entity or business associate involved and describe the acts or omissions you believe violated the requirements of the Privacy, Security, or Breach Notification Rules; and
  • Be filed within 180 days of when you knew that the act or omission complained of occurred. OCR may extend the 180-day period if you can show "good cause."
  • Anyone can file a complaint alleging a violation of the Privacy, Security or Breach Notification Rules.
  • Also, under HIPAA, an organization cannot retaliate against you for filing a complaint, thus, you should notify OCR immediately in the event of any retaliatory action.

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