Orthopedic Practice Pays $1.5 Million for HIPAA Damages

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Most medical practices view HIPAA compliance as maintaining appropriate documentation regarding patient notices and consents, and controlling access to the PHI within the office; that’s PRIVACY.  Practices tend to forget the technology/security side of HIPAA, which requires maintaining, or reasonably attempting to maintain, secure EHR/IT systems; that’s SECURITY.

Athens Orthopedic Clinic PA agreed to pay $1.5 million in damages to settle potential violations of HIPAA following a self-reported breach report informing OCR that approximately 208,000 patient files were affected because of a hacker breach.

The OCR investigation revealed “long standing, systemic non-compliance with the HIPAA privacy and security rules”.

Remember that HIPAA requires both PRIVACY and SECURITY.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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