OCR Settles with Small Provider for $25K Over Multiple HIPAA Violations


Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has reached a settlement with North Carolina-based Metropolitan Community Health Services, DBA Agape Health Services, over multiple potential HIPAA violations discovered after a 2011 patient data breach.

OCR noted that Metro is a Federally Qualified Health Center, which provides discounted medical services to underserved populations. Those facts were taken into account when OCR reached its agreement with the provider.

This is just the second OCR resolution agreement of 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The provider office of Steven Porter, MD in Ogden, Utah reached a $100,000 settlement with OCR in March, after failing to...

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