• Increased Enforcement of HIPAA Security Rules
  • August 7, 2017 | Authors: John J. Cooney; Nicole Della Ragione
  • Law Firm: Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. - Uniondale Office
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is taking a tough stance on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violators, and there does not seem to be an end in sight. In 2016, settlements because of OCR’s enforcement actions totaled $23.5 million, almost four times higher than the previous year.1 With an increased focus on healthcare entities’ treatment of patient protected health information (PHI), it is clear that health-care entities falling under the purview of HIPAA (Covered Entities) must be prepared to strictly comply with privacy and security requirements.