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HIPAA GLEAMS ITS LIGHT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF AUDIT CONTROL THROUGH ITS $5.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT

Memorial Healthcare Systems (MHS) offers the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the sum of $5 .5 million to clear up prospective transgression of the Medical Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Guidelines and additionally consented to put into effect a highly effective corrective action plan. MHS is a nonprofit establishment that manages six hospitals, an urgent care facility, a nursing home, including a range of ancillary health care centers in every area of the South Florida vicinity. MHS is as well associated with healthcare professional offices via an Organized Health Care Arrangement [...]

HIPAA GLEAMS ITS LIGHT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF AUDIT CONTROL THROUGH ITS $5.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT

Children’s Medical Centre of Dallas to pay HIPAA fines of $3,217,000 for non-compliance with multiple security rule standards

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of has announced civil money penalty against Children’s Medical Centre of Dallas (Children’s) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and this based on its impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) and non-compliance over many years with multiple standards of the HIPAA Security Rule. A noticed of proposed Determination in accordance with 45 CFR 160.420 was issued by OCR and the notice included instruction for how Children’s could file a request for a hearing. Accordingly, OCR issued another Notice [...]

Children’s Medical Centre of Dallas to pay HIPAA fines of $3,217,000 for non-compliance with multiple security rule standards

University of Mississippi Medical Center slapped with fine of $2.75 million for alleged violations of HIPAA

The University of Mississippi (UM) Medical Center (UMMC) agrees to resolve with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Officer for Civil rights (OCR)  for multiple alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for the amount of $2.75 million. While investigating, OCR informed that UMMC knew about the consequences and risks that might create problems since April 2005, but they have not taken any security or risk management steps until the breach happened. This happened entirely due to the deficiency of work and management from the part of UMMC. Thus to compensate they will pay $2,750,000 [...]

University of Mississippi Medical Center slapped with fine of $2.75 million for alleged violations of HIPAA

Feinstein’s security and procedural failures results in $3.9 million HIPAA settlement

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has agreed to pay a fee to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the amount of $3.9 million as a court settlement against alleged infractions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. Like most OCR settlements, the penalty Feinstein will incur also includes a major corrective plan to ensure its future actions are brought into compliance. OCR released a statement regarding the incident, emphasizing OCR’s steadfast resolve to enforcing HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. OCR released in a press [...]

Feinstein’s security and procedural failures results in $3.9 million HIPAA settlement

How HIPAA Certification Training of Certified HIPAA Privacy Security Expert (CHPSE) could’ve saved New York Presbyterian $2.2M

Washington, D.C. – The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced it reached a $2.2M court settlement with the New York Presbyterian Hospital for its calamitous infraction of HIPAA privacy rules. This settlement was announced April 21, 2016. The hospital made an amateur and egregious error when it disclosed the protected health information of two of its patients. The hospital provided this information to film crews and their staff during the filming of an ABC television series called “NY Med.” The hospital provided the protected information to without consulting with and obtaining authorization from the patients. [...]

How HIPAA Certification Training of Certified HIPAA Privacy Security Expert (CHPSE) could’ve saved New York Presbyterian $2.2M

Physical Therapy provider to pay $25000 for adding patient testimonials with images without proper authorization

Complete P.T., Pool & Land Physical Therapy, Inc. has agreed to settle violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rules with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Complete P.T. is a physical therapy practice located in the Los Angeles area.  The settlement agreement is an admission of civil liability by Complete P.T., requiring payment of $25,000, adoption and implementation of a corrective action plan, and annual reporting of compliance efforts for a one year period. On August 8, 2012, OCR received a complaint alleging that Complete P.T. had impermissibly disclosed [...]

Physical Therapy provider to pay $25000 for adding patient testimonials with images without proper authorization

Deadline For Reporting HIPAA Breaches March 1

The official deadline for all covered entities to report their HIPAA breaches from 2014 that affected fewer than 500 people is March 1, 2015. All the reports are due to the Department of Health and Human Services by the first of the coming months. All HIPAA covered entities are required to report these breaches using the official form provided by the department. The form can be found on the department’s website. There have been changes made to the form this year. Organizations are required to disclose whether or not they had certain safeguards, security measures and more in place before the breach. These [...]

Deadline For Reporting HIPAA Breaches March 1

County Government Settles Potential HIPAA Violations at $215000

Skagit County, Washington to pay $215000 for non-compliance with HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. Skagit County, Washington, has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. Skagit County agreed to a $215,000 monetary settlement and to work closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program. Skagit County is located in Northwest Washington, and is home to approximately 118,000 residents. The Skagit County Public Health Department provides essential services to many individuals who would otherwise not be able [...]

County Government Settles Potential HIPAA Violations at $215000

Advocate Health Care Reports Office Burglary – Second Biggest HIPAA Breach

Advocate Medical Group reported that there has been office burglary on July 15 of an Advocate administrative office in Park Ridge, Ill., and discovered that their four computers were stolen, which were having patient information and this is the second biggest HIPAA Breach, however Advocate Medical Group further mentioned that they had launched an investigation and found that while the computers did not contain patient medical records, they did contain house patient information, including names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The most important thing about the HIPAA Breach was that even though computers were password-protected but not encrypted. [...]

Advocate Health Care Reports Office Burglary – Second Biggest HIPAA Breach

LGRA announces Breach of HIPAA Act

According to Healthcare IT News Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates issued a press release last week announcing a potential breach of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Act that impacted the personal health information of 13,000 patients. The company also mentioned in the press release that the mistake occurred due to the janitorial provider at the billing company sent patient billing records to a recycling center without cutting down the records first. Officials of the company also mentioned that there is no indication that any patient information has been misused. Officials are not exactly sure about which patient files and [...]

LGRA announces Breach of HIPAA Act

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