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If Philly Diocese Pays Over HIPAA, So Can You

When it comes to HIPAA enforcement, you can’t hide behind a cloak.  That is the message of the federal government’s settlement with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Diocese will pay $650,000 to settle potential violations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), relating to the theft of a mobile device containing protected health information for 412 nursing home residents.

In this and other recent actions, the feds are underscoring an emphasis on holding Business Associates accountable for safeguarding patient information.

In the Philadelphia case, Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS), an agency of the Diocese, performed IT services as a business associate to six skilled nursing facilities. 

Click here to read more about what happened, according to an announcement by the U. S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR). 

See the chart below for other recent settlements:

Pedagogy Guest Blog by author Diane Evans of MyHIPAAGuide.com
The importance of keeping patient data secure in every way has become more important that ever, including keeping patient information off of social media. 

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Responsibilities for Managing HIPAA Compliance - A course designed for facility administrators who are responsible for securing patient data with their staff. 
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Posted: 9/6/2016 3:49:57 PM
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