Historic HIPAA Fine Will Push Feds To Get Tougher

Law360, New York (February 20, 2014, 7:26 PM EST) -- Federal regulators who have largely avoided fining corporations for health privacy breaches will face pressure to get more muscular after a Puerto Rico watchdog this week walloped an insurance company with an unprecedented $7 million penalty for flouting the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, experts say.

The fine against Triple-S Salud Inc., which dominates Puerto Rico's health insurance market, dwarfed any previous financial discipline against HIPAA violators.

Triple-S admitted accidentally mailing out pamphlets with visible claim numbers to 70,000 Medicare Advantage customers, and said that...
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