Home healthcare company fires, reprimands employees for HIPAA violation

Right At Home, a home healthcare service, has fired one employee and reprimanded another due to a HIPAA violation, the Argus Leader reported Sept. 27. 

Specific details of the firing and reprimandation of the employees cannot be released due to a non-disclosure agreement, but the Argus Leader was able to verify the violations through emails and documents, according to the report. 

"What we can say is, it didn't go the way it was supposed to go, and we're not happy about it," said Harry Jones, the attorney representing Right at Home. "There's been accountability in a very strict way. That's not the same as saying there's been a criminal violation or a civil violation. But way before that, RAH doesn't want people breaking their actual internal policies, so it wasn't done the right way."

Right at Home offers companion care, personal care, nursing care and specialty care for seniors and adults with disabilities.

The business is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and services clients in multiple states and countries including Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Ireland, Japan and the United Kingdom.

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