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HIPAA Violation Categories and Penalty Amounts

Author: Tracy Morley, XpertHR Legal Editor

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 provides rules to:

  • Improve the portability and continuity of health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose jobs; and
  • Control health care fraud by developing Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions that establish a set of standards for the electronic exchange of health information.

HIPAA's AS provisions provide rules to protect the privacy and security of protected health information.