OCR Provides Covered Entities with a Year-End Reminder to Protect PHI
Potentially missed among end-of-year and holiday activities, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced three resolution agreements for violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules within the past month. These three resolution agreements double the number of settlements announced by OCR in 2015, and they serve as a year-end reminder to covered entities (and business associates) that OCR is continuing to ramp-up its enforcement of HIPAA violations. Covered entities and business associates should review their HIPAA compliance programs to ensure that they are functioning effectively with the start of the new year.
*This alert was originally posted on Arent Fox's Health Care Counsel blog. To read this alert in its entirety, please click here.