Business Associates Beware: More HHS Enforcement Ahead

Law360, New York (July 18, 2016, 11:26 AM EDT) -- Rebecca L. Williams

Adam H. Greene

Bryan Thompson For the first time, a business associate has entered into a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights over allegations of potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act security rule. Although covered entities had taken the brunt (i.e., all) of OCR’s HIPAA enforcement in the past — even for alleged violations that were identified after the breach of a business associate — this first settlement likely portends future enforcement actions against business associates for perceived HIPAA violations.

On June 24, 2016, the OCR agreed...

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