ALJ Upholds Lincare's $240K Penalty For HIPAA Violations

Law360, New York (February 3, 2016, 4:54 PM EST) -- A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administrative law judge ordered Lincare Inc. to pay almost $240,000 in penalties, first imposed by the Office of Civil Rights, after the company failed to properly secure its patients’ information in violation of HIPAA, the agency said Wednesday.

OCR provided sufficient evidence that Lincare violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by allowing employees to leave the office with confidential health information without proper safeguards, Administrative Law Judge Carolyn Cozad Hughes said in the Jan. 13 decision affirming the $239,800 penalty. 

The investigation started when Richard Shaw, the ex-husband of a Lincare manager,...

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