In CMS
Feb 12th, 2019
If you thought the Department of Health and Human Services’ loosening of several Obamacare rules indicated less HIPAA enforcement, think again. The agency’s Office of Civil Rights settled $28.7 million worth of HIPAA violations in 2018, up 22 percent over the previous record year. The OCR also announced it achieved the single largest HIPAA settlement ...
In CMS
Nov 1st, 2018
Anthem paid a $16 million settlement resulting from a series of attacks in both 2014 and 2015 that had the potential to expose personal health information (PHI) of 79 million people.  Although they paid the $16 million settlement, Anthem does not admit to any wrong doing.  This represented the largest PHI breach in US history ...
In CMS
Oct 30th, 2018
Thousands of consumers’ files in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFE’s) Direct Enrollment pathway may have been compromised. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said “anomalous activity” was detected in the portal on Oct. 13 and a breach was declared on Oct. 16. CMS issued a press release on Oct. 19. “At this time,” ...
In Billing
Aug 7th, 2018
In a time when many scoff at the potential of being levied steep penalties for violation of HIPAA rules, a judge just upheld a fine that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued in 2017 for Texas-based MD Anderson’s use of unencrypted devices. This penalty is stiff and says that you cannot just ...
May 31st, 2018
Aetna, bruised by a PHI breach where letters detailing a lawsuit settlement were sent to HIV-positive members revealing their status, is now suing the plaintiffs in the original 2014 class action lawsuit  for $20 million, blaming a consumer advocacy group and law firm for their woes. Aetna demands $20 million and indemnification from any actions related to the breach. ...