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Email Breach Leads to HIPAA Fine for Small Clinic

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Federal regulators have slapped a small provider of discounted medical and dental services to underserved patients in rural North Carolina with a $25,000 HIPAA settlement in a case involving an email breach that occurred nearly a decade ago. It's only the second HIPAA settlement that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced this year.

The HHS resolution agreement is with Washington, N.C.-based Metropolitan Community Health Services Inc., a federally qualified health center that does business as Agape Health Services.

In the only other HIPAA settlement this year...

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