Tag Archives: Office of Civil Rights

OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

As a part of its continued efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun its next phase of audits … Continue reading

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Improper Disclosure of Research Participants’ Protected Health Information Results In $3.9 Million HIPAA Settlement

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $3.9 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and … Continue reading

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$1.55 Million Settlement Underscores the Importance of Executing HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

North Memorial Health Care has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by failing to implement a business associate agreement with a major contractor and … Continue reading

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Annual Report to Congress on Breaches of Unsecured Protected Health Information

Recently, the Secretary of Health and Human Services submitted to Congress an annual report containing the number and nature of breaches of unsecured protected health information reported to the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) as required by the Health Insurance … Continue reading

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HHS is Gearing Up for HIPAA Audits

The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is preparing to resume its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) compliance audit program. In a notice published in the February 24, 2014 … Continue reading

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Dermatology Practice Settles Potential HIPAA Violations

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced on December 26th that Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. (“APDerm”) has agreed to a $150,000 settlement to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) … Continue reading

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HIPAA Compliance: New York Health Plan Sanctioned for Photocopier Breach

In an August 14, 2013 press release, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that Affinity Health Plan, Inc. will settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules for $1,215,780. Affinity is a not-for-profit managed care … Continue reading

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