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On August 18, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced an initiative to more widely investigate breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals. Read More ›

On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its largest to-date settlement against a single entity for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).   Read More ›

The Office for Civil Rights has announced another settlement with a provider who failed to put a business associate agreement in place with a contractor.   Read More ›

Cyber crime  has been increasing recently in the form of ransomware attacks, and hospitals, among others, have been targeted.  Ransomware is a type of malware or intrusive software injected into a computer or network systems that permits a hacker to encrypt data and hold it hostage until a ransom is paid. Read More ›

At the end of June 2016, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced what appears to be the first monetary settlement of a health information security complaint against a contractor, or “business associate,” which provided management and information technology services to skilled nursing facilities.  The  OCR press release is here. Read More ›

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