Written by Orlee Berlove, Director of Marketing at OnPage
American law has the well-known doctrine that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Simply put, a person who is unaware of the law may not escape liability. For HIPAA, this means that even if a hospital is unaware of HIPAA’s requirements on a subject, the entity can still be liable for violating HIPAA statutes.
At the same time, lacking knowledge of HIPAA can cause practitioners as much hassle as ignorance could. Not knowing what HIPAA allows can lead to bizarre and painful demands as well of employees. For all involved, HIPAA ignorance is not bliss.