Health System $2.4M Settlement for Privacy Violations Highlights the Need to Understand Permitted Disclosures Under HIPAA

By Jared L. Shwartz

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigated a record-number of alleged HIPAA violations in 2016.  A recent settlement between OCR and a health system in the State of Texas reflects that OCR investigations and enforcement actions will continue at high-volume through 2017, and serves as an example of the liabilities associated with unintended (yet impermissible) disclosures prohibited under HIPAA.

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