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HIPAA Healthcare Data Breach Fines Climb

HIPAA Healthcare Data Breach Fines Climb With Enforcement Boost

Re-Post By Robert Westervelt, CRN 1:48 PM EST Tue. Jan. 08, 2013

HIPAA Healthcare pays millionsMillions of dollars in fines associated with alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act have been doled out over the last six months, a sign, according to experts, that HIPAA enforcement is shedding light on the fact that the industry lags behind others when it comes to information security.

Healthcare organizations in Massachusetts and Idaho are the latest to agree to the fines for failing to protect sensitive patient data under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

The former owners of a medical billing practice in Massachusetts and four pathology groups agreed to pay $140,000 for improperly disposing of medical records. The names, Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses of 67,000 patients were discovered in documents at a town waste transfer station. Read More→