• DHHS Settles First HIPAA Breach Involving Fewer than 500 Individuals
  • January 11, 2013 | Author: Lynn M. Barrett
  • Law Firm: Jones Walker LLP - Miami Office
  • According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("DHHS") news release, dated January 2, 2013, Hospice of North Idaho ("HONI") has agreed to pay DHHS, Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") $50,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") Security Rule. Significantly, this is the first settlement with DHHS involving a breach of unprotected electronic protected health information ("ePHI") affecting fewer than 500 individuals.