$31,000 to $2.5 Million in HIPAA Fines

By Julie-Karel Elkin Two organizations were given fines for HIPAA violations in the past week—one for $31,000 and the other for $2.5 million. Both show how not understanding and complying with guidelines can rack up some major dollars. The first violation resulted in...

$400,000 Penalty to Non-Profit System

By Julie-Karel Elkin  “[Metro Community Provider Network] provides primary medical care, dental care, pharmacies, social work, and behavioral health care services throughout the greater Denver, Colorado metropolitan area to approximately 43,000 patients per year, a...

It Can Happen to Your Practice

By Julie-Karel Elkin On March 24, 2017, Urology Austin sent out notification letters to nearly 289,000 patients informing them of an incident that occurred in January. As quoted by DataBreaches.net: “On January 22, 2017, Urology Austin was the victim of a ransomware...

Top 10 List for Security Providers

By Julie-Karel Elkin Act Now: Compliance with HIPAA, HITECH, and all the other rules and regulations, as irritating as they may be, is mandatory, and requirements continue to expand. Refusing to address it in a serious way can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in...

2K+ Entries on Data Breach Wall of Shame

By Julie-Karel Elkin To Date: 1,857 Entries on the Wall of Shame What wall of shame? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services actually keeps a record, as required by law, of reported breaches affecting 500 or more individuals’ personal health information, and,...