Another large HIPAA fine has been issued by the HHS due to an OCR investigation that took place over the theft of an unencrypted laptop. Massachusetts Eye and Ear was fined $1.5 million and has agreed to a corrective action plan that requires the hospital to review, maintain, and revise policies along with submitting semi-annual reports to the HHS for the next 3 years. With fines like this occurring more frequently, with both large and small practices, I am left wondering when we will start seeing practices take HIPAA a bit more seriously, and incorporate it into their everyday business.

 

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