By Jeff Overley (April 29, 2016, 4:43 PM EDT) -- Surging penalties and looming audits mean business is booming for attorneys specializing in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, but firms need to elevate their profiles and cultivate wide-ranging expertise to fully capitalize on the opportunity, experts say.
So far in 2016, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has collected $8.7 million via HIPAA settlements. That already tops the haul of $6.2 million in all of 2015 and eclipses the prior record of $7.9 million in 2014.
In addition, the OCR is launching a much-anticipated wave of audits that will target more...
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