Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) only levied six settlements against healthcare entities for HIPAA violations related to the improper handling and unauthorized exposure of patients' protected health information (PHI) and electronic PHI (ePHI). This year, though, has seen that number double with more than half of the settlements valued at greater than $1.5 million.
Here are the details of the worst HIPAA-related incidents of the year.
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Steph Weber is a freelance writer hailing from the Midwest. She writes about healthcare, finance, and small business, but finds her passion for the medical field growing in sync with the ever-changing healthcare laws.