OCR Announces Four HIPAA Enforcement Actions

OCR Announces Four HIPAA Enforcement Actions

he HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced four HIPAA enforcement actions to hold healthcare providers accountable for potential HIPAA violations. Two of the actions stemmed from OCRs HIPAA Right of Access Initiative, bringing the total number ofenforcement actions to 27 since the initiative began in 2019.Between the rising pace of breaches of unsecured protected health information and continued cyber security threats impacting the health care industry, it is critical that covered entities take their HIPAA compliance responsibilities seriously, Lisa J. Pino, OCRs director, stated in the announcement.OCR will continue our steadfast commitment to protect individuals health information privacy and security through enforcement, and we will pursue civil money penalties for violations that are not addressed.

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