OCR Reaches First Settlement Ever Under Right of Access Initiative

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced an initiative. Under the initiative, OCR stated that a main area of HIPAA enforcement in 2019 would be HIPAA right of access violations, including covered entities’ untimely responses to access requests and overcharging for copies of medical records. In early September of 2019, OCR reached its first settlement with a covered entity [...]