Thursday, June 19, 2014

Expect Bigger HIPAA Fines

The Office for Civil Rights' (OCR) crackdown on HIPAA violations over the past year will "pale in comparison" to the next 12 months, according to an OCR attorney.

And fines aren’t the only things that are being stepped up. The OCR is promising increased audits, with more than 1,200 companies slated to be scrutinized. “Entities subject to HIPAA’s requirements need to be conscious of not only the planned aggressive punishment related to privacy breaches and security lapses, but also the OCR’s extensive audit strategy,” warns Jason Gavejian, a Jackson and Lewis attorney.

"Knowing what's in the pipeline, I suspect that [$4.8 million] will be low compared to what's coming up ."
- Jerome B. Meites, OCR chief regional counsel
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Sources:
(a) OCR attorney predicts spike in HIPAA fines - www.FierceHealthIT.com, 06/16/2014

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