Tuesday, May 5, 2015

$125K HIPAA Breach Fine for Single Location Pharmacy

Although only a small, single location pharmacy the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS, OCR) has fined them $125,000 for potential HIPAA Privacy Rule violations.

In addition to the fine they pharmacy is to adopt a corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in their HIPAA compliance program.

"[the pharmacy] will pay $125,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program." - Home Health News
The OCR opened a compliance review and investigation after receiving notification from a local news organization regarding protected health information (PHI) of 1,610 patients being at risk.
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Sources:
(a) Resolution Agreement-Cornell Pharmacy - www.HHS.gov, 04/22/2015

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