tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 5

Reader Question: Encrypt Mobile Devices or Face ORC

Question: I heard that the Office for Civil Rights can collect damages for lost mobile devices that contain protected health information — is that true? SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: Yes, the OCR can slap you with fines for HIPAA violations if you have a breach from a mobile device due to lack of appropriate security. In fact, in a Feb. 2017 case, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas was fined $3.2 million for HIPAA violations dating back to a 2010 lost BlackBerry that impacted 3,800 individuals’ ePHI, and an unencrypted laptop in 2013 that contained the ePHI of...

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