Practice Advice For Privacy Breaches

Law360, New York (April 12, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT) -- On Feb. 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) imposed a $4.3 million civil monetary penalty against Cignet Health, a covered entity, for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule. This was the first civil monetary penalty ever issued by OCR for a covered entity's violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Although there have been a number of settlements arising from alleged HIPAA violations, never before has OCR imposed a civil monetary penalty against a covered...
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