The Crushing Cost Of HIPAA Security Rule Noncompliance

By Dena Castricone (October 1, 2020, 5:13 PM EDT) -- Between Sept. 21 and Sept. 25, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights announced settlements totaling $10.6 million with three organizations for alleged systemic Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act security rule violations. In each of the three cases, the entity self-reported a hacking incident. Combined, the hacking incidents compromised the health information of more than 16 million people.

To put the $10.6 million weekly total into perspective, in all of 2019, the OCR collected just over $12 million in total settlements and penalties in all HIPAA enforcement actions. It's no secret that the OCR has...

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