HIPAA Enforcers Lower Fines For Less Serious Violations

By Ben Kochman (April 26, 2019, 7:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday it is significantly dropping the maximum annual fine health care entities can face for lower-level privacy violations, rolling back a practice dating back to the Obama administration.

Maximum annual fines for the most egregious Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act breaches enforced by the agency — involving "willful neglect" that is not corrected — will stay at $1.5 million, HHS said in a notice in the federal register. But maximum annual penalties for the three lower tiers of breaches, which had also been at $1.5 million since 2009, are going down, the agency...

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