As we head further into 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights has pledged to step up investigations of reported violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. According to Dentistry IQ, the government body has also promised to ramp up the number of routine audits for healthcare providers, after executive officials announced that overall compliance with the HIPAA privacy rule will receive even greater scrutiny this year. The privacy rule of HIPAA pertains to the protection of patient health information, and the issue has become of great concern recently due to …Read More
For the second time in history, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has imposed a civil monetary penalty (“CMP”) against a covered entity for violations of the Health Insurance and Portability Act (“HIPAA”). Lincare, Inc., a provider of respiratory care, infusion therapy, and medical equipment to in-home patients, is required to pay a $239,800 CMP for failure to safeguard its patients’ protected health information (“PHI”) in violation of HIPAA. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administrative law judge has upheld the imposition of the CMP and granted summary judgment to OCR on all issues.
OCR began investigating Lincare in …Read More