HIPAA Violations and Social Media - Hospital Liability for Employees

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Mark R Brengelman




HIPAA and Compliance


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60 Minutes

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HIPAA Violations Social Media and Employer Liability in a Health Care Setting – What you Need to Know and How You Can Prevent This

Employment remedies are easy against hospital workers who violate HIPAA privacy – they simply get fired. But what about the liability attached to the hospital itself?

HIPAA Violations on Social Media in Health Care is an advanced webinar that gives the basics of HIPAA privacy as applied to hospitals and employees, with a review of standard social media rules and glaring examples of HIPAA violations for blatant social media abuses.

Next, this webinar examines two landmarks -- but divergent – recent state court cases on hospital liability for employee HIPAA violations and social media.

Take a deep dive into how one hospital escaped liability, and another did not. To limit liability, this social media HIPAA violations webinar covers employment best practices for social media rules.

Finally, you will learn tips and techniques to avoid hospital liability for its employee’s social media violations. Social Media HIPAA Violations in Health Care is an advanced webinar.

Learning Objectives

The areas covered in this session include these learning objectives:

  • Basics of HIPAA privacy as applied to hospitals and employees
  • Examples of social media hipaa violations by health care workers
  • A detailed analysis of court cases involving hospital liability for employee HIPAA social media violations
  • Employment best practices for social media rules
  • Consequences for hipaa violations on social media
  • Basic tips and techniques to defend yourself from liability.


  • HIPAA privacy and security in a health care setting
  • Duties and obligations of employees using social media under HIPAA
  • Legal actions against hospitals for their employee’s HIPAA violations

Why Should You Attend

This webinar examines the role of social media violations by employees of health care facilities, here a hospital. More importantly, how and when may a health care facility be liable for HIPAA violations of its employees?

Erase the fear, uncertainty, and doubt about how a hospital may – or may not – be liable for HIPAA violations by its employees.

Find out how two similar legal cases in state court involving hospital employees’ HIPAA violations can have quite different outcomes.

Who Should Attend

  • HIPAA privacy officers
  • Medical records workers
  • Health care attorneys
Mark R Brengelman
Mark R Brengelman

(Attorney at Law, PLLC)

Mark R. Brengelman became interested in law when he graduated with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta.  He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law.  Mark became an Assistant Attorney General in Kentucky in the area of administrative and professional law as the assigned counsel and prosecuting attorney to numerous health professions licensure boards. 

He retired from the state government, became certified as a hearing officer, and opened his own law practice, including work as a legislative agent (lobbyist).

As a frequent participant in continuing education, Mark has been a presenter for over fifty national and state organizations and private companies as the:

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Office of the Attorney General
  • National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, and
  • Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB).

This also includes FARB’s member clients as the:

  • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials
  • National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies, and;
  • American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

Mark was the founding presenter for “Navigating Ethics and Law for Mental Health Professionals,” approved by five Kentucky licensure boards.  He also founded “The Kentucky Code of Ethical Conduct:  Ethical Practice; Risk Management, and; the Code of Ethical Conduct” as an approved, state-mandated continuing education for social workers offered as a video-on-demand.

Mark has now worked for all three branches of state government has worked since June 2018 as the Enforcement Counsel for the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, an independent regulatory body that oversees 138 elected state legislators and nearly 800 registered lobbyists.  Continuing as an ethics attorney, Mark is also the contract counsel for the Ethics Commission of the Louisville Metro Government, a city and county merged government, the largest city in Kentucky, and the 45th largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

Mark focuses on representing health care practitioners before licensure boards and in other professional regulatory matters and representing children as Guardian ad Litem and parents as Court Appointed Counsel in confidential child dependency, neglect, and abuse proceedings and termination of parental rights and adoption proceedings in family court.