My husband, Robert, recently took a new job at a hospital collection agency in our city. We’ve learned that a lot of people end up unable to afford their huge hospital bills after surgery or extended hospital stays for whatever reason. My husband, Robert, drives around to people’s homes to try and assist them with getting their bills taken care as quickly as possible. One of the aspects that he has to manage is the HIPAA risk assessments and HIPAA assessments for these many former patients and hospital patrons. Robert says that dealing with the HIPAA risk assessments and HIPAA assessments is the worst and most demanding, time consuming part of the whole job. He doesn’t have an issue with driving around and meeting all of the patients and patrons. He doesn’t get bothered over having to interview them inside their homes. Sometimes their homes are dirty or don’t smell all that good. Nothing about the entire job bothers him other than doing the mountain of paperwork because of the HIPAA assessments. He’s trying to keep patient confidentiality agreements in order. Apparently, there have been a great many breaches in confidentiality and security recently and that’s why Robert has to be super careful and completely thorough when dealing with patient information. I think it makes sense to take such precautions to protect patient data when it comes to HIPAA laws and practices. The legal ramifications for not doing proper HIPAA risk assessments can be huge. There can a major financial impact on a hospital or a supplier.