Health Data Breach Settlements Cost More Than Money

Law360, New York (May 14, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT) -- On April 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced settlements with both Concentra Health Services and QCA Health Plan Inc. Through these latest settlements, HHS is reiterating its message to covered entities and business associates that laptops and similar devices containing electronic protected health information (ePHI) should be encrypted. HHS also put the industry on notice that any entity self-reporting a security breach should not expect much leniency.

Concentra Security Breach

In December 2011, Concentra self-reported to HHS' Office of Civil Rights (OCR) that an unencrypted laptop containing names, social security numbers, and pre-employment work fitness test results...

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