Healthcare Compliance & HIPAA News

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Healthcare Compliance & HIPAA News

News Resources

Besides our HIPAA Violations & Fines Map the US Department of Health and Human Services publishes press releases on major violations.

Here are just a few recent examples of HIPAA Violations.


HHS Press Release: "OCR Settles Twelfth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative"
Updated - November 19, 2020

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center, LLC (UCMC), which is an academic medical center providing healthcare services to the Greater Cincinnati community, has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $65,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access standard…

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HHS Press Release: "City Health Department failed to terminate former employee's access to protected health information"
Updated - October 30, 2020

The City of New Haven, Connecticut (New Haven) has agreed to pay $202,400 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to implement a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules…

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HHS Press Release: "Aetna Pays $1,000,000 to Settle Three HIPAA Breaches"
Updated - October 28, 2020

Aetna Life Insurance Company and affiliated covered entity (Aetna) has agreed to pay $1,000,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules…

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HHS Press Release: "Health Insurer Pays $6.85 Million to Settle Data Breach Affecting Over 10.4 Million People"
Updated - September 25, 2020

Premera Blue Cross (PBC) has agreed to pay $6.85 million to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to implement a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules related to a breach affecting over 10.4 million people…

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Judge rules in favor of OCR and requires a Texas cancer center to pay $4.3 million in penalties for HIPAA violations
Updated - April 20, 2018

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has ruled that The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules and granted...

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$2.5 million settlement shows that not understanding HIPAA requirements creates risk
Updated - April 24, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI). CardioNet has...

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No Business Associate Agreement? $31K Mistake
Updated - April 20, 2017

The Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $31,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and agreed to implement a corrective action plan. CCDH is a small, for-profit health care...

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Overlooking risks leads to breach, $400,000 settlement
Updated - April 12, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement based on the lack of a security management process to safeguard electronic protected health information (ePHI). Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN), a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) of Denver, Colorado has...

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Business Associate’s Failure to Safeguard Nursing Home Residents’ PHI Leads to $650,000 HIPAA Settlement
Updated - June 29, 2016

Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule after the theft of a CHCS mobile device compromised the protected health information...

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And the list goes on...

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