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OCR Settles Improper Disposal Case for $300,640

On August 23, 2022, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a press release announcing that it had settled with New England Dermatology, P.C. (NED) for $300,640 “over the improper disposal...

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Reporting of Breaches Under 500 Due by March 1

HIPAA requires covered entities and business associates to report to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) all breaches of unsecured protected health information when the incident involves fewer than 500 individuals...

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OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter Focuses on Controlling Access to ePHI

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently issued its Summer 2021 Cybersecurity Newsletter, which focuses on controlling access to electronic personal health...

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Diabetes, Endocrinology & Lipidology Center Becomes 19th Settlement with OCR for HIPAA Right-of-Access Violation

Last week, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Lipidology Center Inc. (DELC) of West Virginia reached a $5,000 settlement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over  allegations that it failed to provide timely...

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OCR Announces Settlement with Clinical Lab for Alleged HIPAA Violations

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) this week announced a settlement with Peachstate Health Management LLC (aka AEON Clinical Laboratories) following a compliance review that uncovered alleged violations of HIPAA. The...

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OCR Settles Two More Right of Access Cases

Continuing its serious march against covered entities not allowing patients access to their records, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has settled two more cases in two days in its Right...

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Renown Health Pays $75,000 to Settle Right-of-Access Violation Under HIPAA

Renown Health, P.C. (Renown), a non-profit health system in Nevada, settled with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a matter...

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OCR Continues to Enforce Its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced another settlement involving investigations under its Right of Access Initiative. This settlement, the sixteenth such agreement under the Initiative (and one of the...

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Excellus Health Plan Pays $5.1M to OCR in Settlement Following Data Breach

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that it had entered into a Resolution Agreement, Corrective Action Plan, and settlement with Lifetime Healthcare,...

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OCR Settles Another Right-of-Access Initiative Case

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a press release on November 12, 2020, announcing that it had settled its eleventh enforcement action in its HIPAA Right-of-Access Initiative. The settlement with...

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