BC Advantage - 2019 Issue 6

Small Breaches Can Be Subject to Large Penalties

We may have heard about the large fines issued by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against big organizations like Anthem or the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. These organizations have been in the news due to privacy breaches that constituted violations of the HIPAA privacy rule. However, a recent incident reminds us that even small physician offices have fines issued by OCR for violations. For small practices, the sums involved for these fines can be considerable. Allergy Associates of Hartford is a relatively small practice; consisting of three doctors and four offices in Connecticut. This...

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