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Repeated Breaches of ePHI Result in a $3 Million Fine, Capping Off OCR’s “Record Year” of 2018 Enforcement Actions

[02/19/19]

Posted on February 19, 2019 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a health system in California (the “System”) was required to pay a $3 million fine and adopt an extensive corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). The System operates several hospitals, including a rehabilitation hospital... READ MORE

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Disclosing PHI to a Reporter Leads to $125,000 HIPAA Settlement

[11/29/18]

Posted on November 29, 2018 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), announced that a small professional association with three doctors and four locations (the “Practice”) has agreed to pay $125,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). The... READ MORE

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Largest Health Data Breach = Largest OCR Settlement in History

[10/19/18]

Posted on October 19, 2018 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On October 15, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that it had reached a record $16 million settlement with Anthem arising out of alleged violations of the Privacy and Security Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). The settlement comes... READ MORE

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OCR Online

[07/15/13]

Posted on July 15, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

On July 12, 2013, CMS issued S&C: 13-46-ALL regarding changes for State Survey Agency (“SA”) obtaining OCR information from providers seeking initial enrollment in the Medicare program or for providers undergoing a change of ownership (“CHOW”).  In the past, the SAs would send the provider an OCR clearance request with the initial Medicare enrollment packet. ... READ MORE

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HHS Announces First Settlement of HIPAA Breach Affecting Less Than 500 Individuals

[01/03/13]

Posted on January 3, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Kendra Conover

On January 2, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a hospice provider (“Hospice”) arising from potential violations of the Security Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  HHS learned of the circumstances giving rise to the enforcement action... READ MORE

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