Big Year Ahead For HIPAA Fines, HHS Atty Says

By Jeff Overley (June 12, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT) -- The coming year is likely to witness especially aggressive punishment of privacy breaches and security lapses under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a high-ranking attorney at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.

Jerome B. Meites, a chief regional civil rights counsel at HHS, made the remarks at an American Bar Association conference in Chicago, telling attendees that the past 12 months of enforcement will likely pale in comparison to the next 12 months.

That's notable because since June 2013, the Obama administration has extracted more than $10 million from various entities for alleged HIPAA violations,...

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