Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Insurer Fined $1.5 Million for Patient Privacy Violations

A Tennessee insurer has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1,500,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, Leon Rodriguez, Director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced today.

"This settlement sends an important message that OCR expects health plans and health care providers to have in place a carefully designed, delivered, and monitored HIPAA compliance program" - Leon Rodriguez, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Under the settlement, the insurer agrees to monitor its employees to ensure that HIPAA requirements are met and to review and revise its privacy and security policies.

The HHS Resolution Agreement can be found at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/examples/

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