Client Alert: HIPAA by the Numbers: 2016 Data Indicates a Record Year

January 19, 2017 — Now that 2016 has wrapped up, the numbers coming out of the Department of Health and Human Services are stark – at least if you are an entity subject to HIPAA/HITECH. The dollar amount of financial settlements is up, both in total and per breach; the number of reportable data breaches [...]

California’s St. Joseph Health Agrees to $2.14 Million HIPAA Settlement

On October 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a settlement with St. Joseph Health (SJH), a California-based health system that encompasses a number of facilities across that state, Texas, and New Mexico, for HIPAA violations.   The SJH agreement marks the 12th OCR settlement this year [...]