Assess the following situations and determine the disciplinary action that you, the department director, should take in each circumstance and justify your response.
1.One of your best inpatient coders was found to have violated HIPAA by looking at a physician’s emergency room record. Investigation into that breach also found that he has accessed records of relatives and neighbors.
2.An audit of the file clerks has found that one clerk is making errors when filing loose sheets. They are not being incorporated into the correct chart. This same error was verbally addressed with the file clerk at her last performance evaluation two months ago.
3.On Saturday, your release of information clerk left the office open and unattended while she went to the restroom. This was reported to you by the nursing administrator on duty who had come to the office to request her recent lab results.