HHS Cracks Down on HIPAA Privacy Violations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued fines against two violators of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule – one in the form of a civil monetary penalty and one in the form of a settlement amount. In demanding payment for violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, HHS evidenced that it is serious about enforcing the HIPAA Privacy Rule and will take all necessary steps to ensure that covered entities are affording individuals the rights to which they are entitled under HIPAA.

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