Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Higher Penalties for Patient Privacy Breaches HHS/OCR

Dramatic increases in financial penalties for HIPAA privacy and security violations are coming in 2011 according to an HHS Office for Civil Rights announcement at HIMSS11.

"Financial penalties for single privacy and security violations will be increased to $50,000 per violation, with a maximum penalty per year of $1.5 million per provision of the rules." - Adam Greene, Sr health IT and privacy advisor, HHS/OCR
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"These penalties could be enormous considering that many breach incidents are found to contain multiple violations." - Adam Greene, Sr health IT and privacy advisor, HHS/OCR

Sources:
(a) OCR Plans to Tighten Up HITECH Privacy, Security, Breach Regs - HealthData Management, February 2011

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