OCR Warns HIPAA Covered Entities: When You Learn About HIPAA Violations, Fix Them

The National Law Review

Roger Severino, Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides advice for HIPAA covered health care providers:

When informed of potential HIPAA violations, providers owe it to their patients to quickly address problem areas to safeguard individuals’ health information

According to OCR allegations, a small health care provider in North Carolina, Metropolitan Community Health Services, reported a data breach on June 9, 2011. The breach involved the impermissible disclosure of protected health information to an unknown email account affecting 1,263 patients. It is not clear when OCR’s investigation commenced, but it...

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