Archive for the Data Breach Category

HIPAA Violation Settlement by Skagit County Public Health Department

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 according to HHS.  Skagit County agreed to a $215,000 monetary settlement and to work closely with the Department of Health and […]

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Dermatology Practice Settles Potential HIPAA Violations

Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C., of Concord, Mass.,  has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy,  Security, and Breach Notification Rules with the Department of Health and Human Services, agreeing to a $150,000 payment. The practice will […]

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Affinity health plan to settle potential violations of HIPAA for USD 1.2 million

Under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Affinity Health Plan, Inc. will settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules for $1,215,780. Affinity Health Plan is a not-for-profit managed care plan […]

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Minimize Healthcare Data Breaches

Compliance with HIPAA/HITECH data breach regulations requires ongoing effort. With less funding and staff resources available for IT security, small practices are especially at risk. Due to the wide ranging sources of cyber threats, a practice needs to remain aware of all known data breach sources. In addition […]

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Wellpoint to pay $1.7 million to settle potential HIPAA violations

The managed care company WellPoint Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1.7 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  This case sends an important message to […]

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Shasta Regional Medical Center Settles HIPAA Security Case for $275,000

Shasta Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has agreed to a comprehensive corrective action plan to settle an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and will pay a $275,000 monetary […]

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Idaho State University (ISU) has agreed to pay $400,000 to HHS

Idaho State University (ISU) has agreed to pay $400,000 to the U.S. Department of Health Human Services (HHS) for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule. This settlement involves the breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) of 17,500 […]

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Former Owners of Medical Billing Practice, Pathology Groups Agree to Pay $140,000 to Settle Claims that Patients’ Health Information was Disposed of at Georgetown Dump

Defendants Agree to Take Additional Steps to Prevent Future Data Security Violations Former owners of a Marblehead-based medical billing practice and four pathology groups have agreed to collectively pay $140,000, settling allegations that sensitive medical records and confidential billing information for tens of thousands of Massachusetts patients […]

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HHS announces first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients

The Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) $50,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule.  This is the first settlement involving a breach of unprotected […]

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