Thursday, March 14, 2013

Settlement in Landmark HIPAA Breach

In the first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients, the University of Idaho has agreed to pay the Department of Health and Human Services $50,000.
"This is the first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients." - Shred Quick
This fine has sent a strong message to the health care industry that, regardless of size, covered entities must take action and will be held accountable for safeguarding patients' health information (PHI). The University has taken extensive steps to improve their privacy and security program for patient data.

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Sources:
(a) Settlement Reached in Landmark HIPAA Breach Case - www.ShredQuick.com, 03/12/2013

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