Record-breaking $28M in HIPAA settlements reached in 2018

The federal Office for Civil Rights reached 10 settlements resolving HIPAA violations and one judgment in 2018, bringing in a record $28.7 million in fines.

2018's total surpassed the previous record of HIPAA fines set in 2016 of $23.5 million, and included the office's largest individual HIPAA settlement of $16 million with health insurer Anthem.  

The 10 settlements and resulting fines, listed in the order of occurrence:

1. Filefax: $100,000

2. Fresenius Medical Care North America in Waltham, Mass.: $3.5 million

3. Boston Medical Center: $100,000

4. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston: $384,000

5. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston: $515,000

6. Advanced Care Hospitalists in Lakeland, Fla.: $500,000

7. Allergy Associates of Hartford (Conn.): $125,000

8. Anthem: $16 million

9. Pagosa Springs (Colo.) Medical Center: $111,400

10. Cottage Health in Santa Barbara, Calif.: $3 million

The office's single judgment in 2018 involved MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and resulted in a fine of $4.348 million.

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