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HIPAA Privacy Manual

Section 22: Non-Retaliation

Policy:

All UTD employees shall be allowed to freely discuss and raise questions to managers or to the appropriate personnel about situations they feel are in violation of federal and state law, UTD and UT System policy, and/or accreditation and regulatory requirements.

All UTD employees have a personal obligation to report any activity that appears to violate applicable laws, regulations, rules, policies, procedures, or the Standards of Conduct Guide through the normal administrative process and procedures. However, employees may also make reports through the UTD Compliance Hotline 1-888-228-7707

UTD shall not intimidate, threaten, coerce, discriminate against, or take any retaliatory action against any patient, legally authorized representative, employee, association, organization or group that in good faith:

  1. Discloses or threatens to disclose information about a situation they feel is inappropriate, or potentially illegal;
  2. Provides information to or testifies against the alleged offending individual or UTD;
  3. Objects to or refuses to participate in an activity they feel are in violation of federal and state law, UTD and UT System policy, or accreditation requirements;
  4. Is involved in any compliance review or peer review process; or
  5. Files a valid or legitimate report or a complaint, or an incident report.

Investigation of Retaliation:

The Univeristy will review any allegation of retaliation and will ensure that a proper investigation is conducted in accordance with the appropriate University policies.