Affinity's Wipeout Shows Importance Of Wiping Out PHI

Law360, New York (September 26, 2013, 5:53 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is stepping up their enforcement efforts and cracking down on entities who violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Earlier this year, Idaho State University was fined $400,000 for the breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) regarding 17,500 individuals who were patients at a university clinic.

In July, managed care company WellPoint Inc. agreed to pay the HHS $1.7 million to settle potential violations of the HIPAA privacy and...
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