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Five breaches add up to millions in settlement costs for entity that failed to heed HIPAA’s risk analysis and risk management rules

Feb 1, 2018

Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and to adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan, in order to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. FMCNA…

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Texas Mayor and Owners of Health Care Company Charged With Health Care Fraud, Money Laundering and Obstruction

Jan 18, 2018

Four individuals, including a Texas mayor who was a licensed physician and medical director, and three owners of a health care company, were charged in an indictment unsealed today for their roles in a $150 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme.  Three of the defendants were also charged with counts relating to obstructing…

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Failure to Protect Health Records Costs Covered Entity Millions and Leads to Bankruptcy

Jan 9, 2018

21st Century Oncology, Inc. (21CO) has agreed to pay $2.3 million in lieu of potential civil money penalties to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and…

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Ransomware Attack Shuts Down Dental Office for 5 Days

Dec 30, 2017

A dental practice in Reno, NV has experienced a ransomware attack that prevented dental records and images from being accessed for five days. Wager Evans Dental experienced the ransomware attack on October 30, 2017. The malicious software was installed on one computer and one server used by the practice. Ransomware can be installed in a…

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Whistleblowers Awarded Over $1 Million for Reporting Former Employer for Violations Under the False Claims Act

Dec 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – Pine Creek Medical Center LLC (“Pine Creek”), a physician-owned hospital serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area, has agreed to pay $7.5 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying physicians kickbacks in the form of marketing services in exchange for surgical referrals, the Department of Justice announced today. “Health…

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PHI of 28,000 Mental Health Patients Allegedly Stolen by Healthcare Employee

Dec 10, 2017

Center for Health Care Services (CHCS) in San Antonio, a provider of mental health treatment and support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has discovered documents containing the protected health information of patients have been stolen by a former employee. Breach notification letters have been sent to 28,434 patients who received services at…

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Medical Records from OB/GYN Found Dumped At Recycling Center After Anonymous Tip

Dec 4, 2017

Paper files containing names, Social Security numbers, and medical histories, including details of cancer diagnoses and sexually transmitted diseases, have been dumped at a recycling center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The files appear to have come from Women’s Health Consultants, an obstetrics and gynecology practice that had centers in South Whitehall Township and Hanover Township, PA.…

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Over $1 Billion in Damages Sought in Lawsuit Against 60 Hospitals for HITECH Act Violations

Dec 2, 2017

A recently unsealed complaint, filed in a U.S. District Court in Indiana in 2016, seeks more than $1 billion in damages from 60 hospitals that received HITECH Act meaningful use incentive payments for transitioning to electronic health records, yet failed to meet the requirements of the HITECH Act with respect to providing patients, and their…

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HIPAA Compliance for Human Resource Departments

Nov 24, 2017

Businesses not directly involved in the healthcare or healthcare insurance industries should none-the-less pay close attention to HIPAA compliance for HR departments. It has been estimated a third of all workers and their dependents who receive occupation healthcare benefits do so through a self-insured group health plan. Although this does not mean a self-insuring business…

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