$15M in HIPAA settlements paid in first seven months of 2016

The Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights recorded nearly $15 million in settlement payments in the first seven months of 2016 regarding a range of compliance failures, according to a report by the National Law Review.

While there have been only a handful of cases with large settlement amounts, the $15 million total proves the agency has become more aggressive in enforcing HIPAA regulations, according to the report.

Major cases that resulted in settlements and civil monetary penalties maintained a number of similarities, including data breaches due to the theft of a laptop or company-issued cell phone containing protected health information or business partners that experienced a breach or breaches that led to the release of protected patient information.

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