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Children’s Choice Pediatrics Ransomware Attack Impacts 12,689 Patients

Jan 10, 2020

It is becoming increasingly common for threat actors to use ransomware to encrypt files to prevent data access, but also to steal data and threaten to publish or sell on the stolen data if the ransom is not paid. This new tactic is intended to increase the likelihood of victims paying the ransom. The Center…

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Tennessee diagnostic medical imaging services company pays $3,000,000 to settle breach

May 16, 2019

Touchstone Medical Imaging (“Touchstone”) has agreed to pay $3,000,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and to adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security and Breach Notification Rules. Touchstone, based in Franklin,…

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OCR Concludes All-Time Record Year for HIPAA Enforcement with $3 Million Cottage Health Settlement

Mar 13, 2019

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services concluded an all-time record year in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement activity.  In 2018, OCR settled 10 cases and was granted summary judgment in a case before an Administrative Law Judge, together totaling $28.7 million from enforcement…

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Eight Dallas-Area Pharmacy Owners and Marketers Charged in $9 Million Kickback Scheme

Jan 9, 2019

Eight Dallas, Texas-area pharmacy owners and marketers were charged in an indictment unsealed today for their roles in a scheme involving approximately $92 million in compound drug claims to TRICARE and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which were allegedly the product of over $9.1 million in illegal kickbacks. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski…

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$500,000 Fine Imposed on Physicians Group for HIPAA Violations and Not Having a Business Associates Agreement in Place

Dec 11, 2018

Advanced Care Hospitalists PL (ACH) has agreed to pay $500,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to adopt a substantial corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. ACH provides contracted…

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Burlington, New Jersey, Doctor Arrested for Role in $20 Million Telemedicine Compounded Medication Scheme

Nov 22, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – A Burlington, New Jersey, man was arrested Friday for his role in a telemedicine scheme to prescribe expensive compounded medications to patients who did not need them, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Dr. Bernard Ogon, 45, is charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He made…

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Patient Recruiter Convicted in $1.1 Million Kickback Scheme

Nov 14, 2018

On Friday, Nov. 2, a federal jury found a patient recruiter guilty for her role in a scheme involving approximately $1.1 million in fraudulent Medicare claims for home health care that were procured through the payment of kickbacks. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of…

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Texas Patient Recruiter Sentenced to 108 months in Prison for $3.6 Million Home Health Care Fraud Scheme

Nov 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – A Houston, Texas-area patient recruiter was sentenced to 108 months in prison today for her role in a $3.6 million Medicare fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for home health services. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas,…

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Dallas Physicians and Nurses Sentenced to Prison for Role in $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Oct 27, 2018

Two Dallas doctors and three nurses were sentenced yesterday in an $11.3 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false and fraudulent claims for home health services. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of…

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