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OCR reaches $125,000 HIPAA settlement with allergy practice

December 03, 2018

Washington — The Office for Civil Rights announced Nov. 26 that it has agreed to a $125,000 settlement with Allergy Associates of Hartford, a Connecticut health care practice that specializes in treating allergies, for potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations.

According to the OCR, the potential violations occurred after a patient of Allergy Associates spoke to a local television station in 2015 about a dispute with a doctor at the practice. When contacted about the story by the reporter, the OCR said, “The doctor impermissibly disclosed the patient’s protected health information.”

In addition to the settlement, the OCR will monitor Allergy Associates’ compliance to HIPAA rules for two years.