Taking Care of Liability
The Nurse's Guide to Liability Insurance and HIPAA Compliance

Taking Care of Liability: The Nurse's Guide to Liability Insurance and HIPAA Compliance

An Introduction to Independent Nurses' Liabilities

When nurses work in a private practice or as nursing contractors, they enjoy the flexibility and autonomy of operating independently. Though being your own boss has its perks, the added responsibility brings new liabilities.

Malpractice is a concern for any healthcare professional, and even non-independent nurses have to worry about it. But while the biggest liability exposure and financial threat to independent nurses may indeed be malpractice claims, nurses face other liability exposures they should be aware of.

In this guide, we'll explore three key types of risk:

Because HIPAA violations stemming from data breaches are a top concern in your field today, we'll discuss cyber security issues in a little more depth. When you finish this guide, you should have a firm grasp on HIPAA-mandated responsibilities and why violations are among your most costly risks. Specifically, you'll learn about…

  • HIPAA requirements.
  • HIPAA fines for violations.
  • Recent court cases that may change the future of medical privacy lawsuits.

You'll also learn how to manage your liabilities with nursing insurance and how the appropriate risk management strategies help you provide better service to your patients. With a little preparation, you'll be able to protect yourself from accidents and mistakes that may happen at one point or another in your nursing career.

Like other healthcare professionals, nurses are bound by HIPAA laws and must take measures to ensure the safety & privacy of medical records.

Next: Chapter 1: Commercial Auto Liability Exposures for Nurses

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