OCR Resolves HIPAA Violations with a Florida Nonprofit Covered Entity for $5.5 Million

February 21, 2017. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in a news release on February 16, 2017, a $5.5 million settlement for HIPAA privacy and security violations with Memorial Healthcare Systems (MHS), “a nonprofit corporation which operates six hospitals, an urgent care center, a nursing home, and a variety of ancillary health care facilities throughout the South Florida area.”

OCR Imposes $3.2 Million Civil Monetary Penalty for Impermissible Disclosure of ePHI and Persistent Non-compliance with HIPAA Security Rule

February 3, 2017. On February 1, 2017, OCR announced in a news release entitled: “Lack of timely action risks security and costs money,” that it has dropped the hammer: the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) imposed a $3,217,000 civil monetary penalty against Children’s Medical Center of Dallas “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.”

OCR Civil Monetary Penalties for HIPAA Violations Increase

February 3, 2017. Effective today, as published in today’s Federal Register, civil monetary penalties for HIPAA violations increased in conformance with Section 701 of the Federal Civil Penalties Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-74) that “requires agencies to adjust the civil monetary penalties for inflation annually…. The cost-of-living adjustment multiplier for 2017, based on the [Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U)] for the month of October 2016, not seasonally adjusted, is 1.01636.”

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