Healthcare providers may feel more pressure of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enforcement in states like Rhode Island and Alaska, according to data compiled by TrueVault, a HIPAA compliance company.
From 2003 to 2013, Rhode Island emerges as the top enforcer of HIPAA violations and is the only state in which more than 40% of violations result in corrective action.
Other top enforcers were listed as Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and New Hampshire. Corrective action resulted between 30% and 40% of HIPAA violations in those states, the report said.
States with the lowest enforcement results were Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, where less than 20% of violations resulted in corrective action.
It is believed that the federal government will be ramping up HIPAA enforcement, according to comments made by a Department of Health and Human Services official last month.
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