Life’s a Breach! HHS Increases HIPAA Penalties for 2020

Lexology

The final version of regulations coming from Health and Human Services (HHS) includes adjustments for inflation of HIPAA penalties. These civil penalties are for violations of “administrative simplification” rules.

Administrative Simplification

HIPAA’s administrative simplification rules are a set of national standards for electronic transactions designed to maintain the privacy of protected health information (PHI). These standards are designed to help streamline systems as they switch from paper-based to electronic health records. HIPAA covered entities are required to meet national standards for patient privacy and information security when utilizing electronic records. The 2010 Affordable Care Act updated the administrative simplification rules and included new operating rules with information that must be included in all transactions.

2020 HIPAA Penalties

The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act allows agencies to annually adjust all penalties for inflation by ...

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