A Breakdown of the Second Largest HIPAA Fine to Date – $5.5 Million

by Larry Emmott on August 31, 2017

in Management,Security

On February 16, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with Memorial Healthcare System (“MHS”) to settle potential violations of HIPAA. The settlement agreement included a robust corrective action plan and the second largest fine levied against a covered entity to date: $5.5 million. For those keeping track, the largest fine ever levied was $5.55 million in August of 2016.

Source: A Breakdown of the Second Largest HIPAA Fine to Date – $5.5 Million

105,646 patient records were exposed when employees failed to follow protocol. The fine amounts to “only” $52 per record. That is a lot less than some other fines which usually run closer to $300 per record. If this was your private practice and you have 3,000 records your fine would be $156,000.

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