BC Advantage - 2017 Issue 3

A Costly Lesson in Untimely Reporting of a HIPAA Breach

Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, a hospital of Presence Health Network, a large healthcare system serving Illinois, waited more than three months before it notified the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a breach involving 836 individuals. The untimely reporting cost the healthcare system $475,000 to settle with the HHS, including strict compliance with a 2-year corrective action plan that impacts all 150 locations of Presence Health Network. This costly lesson should serve as a reminder to all healthcare providers of the liability at stake if compliance measures are taken lightly.  On January 31, 2014...

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