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March 1 deadline for reporting HIPAA breaches involving fewer than 500 people

January 30, 2018 The deadline for reporting Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act breaches involving fewer than 500 individuals to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is March 1.

Covered dental practices must report all breaches of unsecured protected health information to the Office of Civil Rights, as well as to individuals and, in some cases, to the media.

Breaches affecting 500 or more individuals must be reported to the Office of Civil Rights without unreasonable delay and in no case later than 60 calendar days from the discovery of the breach. Breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals must be reported within 60 days of the end of the calendar year in which the breach was discovered.

For more information on submitting breach reports to the Office of Civil Rights, as well as links to the online submission forms, visit and search for HIPAA breaches.
The ADA Center for Professional Success contains members-only resources on HIPAA at

To help dentists implement a step-by-step HIPAA compliance program, the ADA offers the ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit (J598). Readers can save 15 percent on the HIPAA kit and all ADA Catalog products with promo code 18107 until March 30. To order, visit or call 1-800-947-4746.