Nearly One-Third of HIPAA Complaints Are Not Actual Violations

A significant number of HIPAA complaints are not actual violations under the law, according to HHS' Office of Civil Rights' latest Annual Report to Congress on HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rule Compliance.

In 2011 and 2012, the OCR received 19,476 HIPAA violation complaints, but of those investigated, 2,281 (28 percent) were found to not be in violation of the law, according to the report.

Additionally, since HIPAA violation reporting began in April 2003, 34 percent of all complaints were found to not be in violation of the law.

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