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Government had record year for HIPAA enforcement in 2018

March 18, 2019 The Office for Civil Rights announced Feb. 7 that it settled 10 cases totaling $28.7 million in 2018, a record in enforcement actions. The previous high was 2016 with $23.5 million accumulated.

The final settlement of the year came in December 2018 when Cottage Health agreed to pay $3 million for breaches of unsecured electronic protected health information that affected 62,500 patients. Additionally, Cottage Health has adopted a corrective action plan to comply with HIPAA rules.

For a summary of all 2018 HIPAA settlements from the OCR, visit hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/compliance-enforcement/agreements/2018enforcement/index.html.