HHS Issues $100,000 Fine to Small Phoenix Practice, Warning to Physicians
American Medical News report.
On April 17, Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, a five-physician practice in Phoenix and Prescott, Ariz., became the first small practice to enter a resolution agreement that included a civil money penalty over charges it violated HIPAA. The practice will pay $100,000 and take corrective actions.
HHS' investigation found that the practice failed to implement adequate policies and procedures to protect patient information; failed to document that it trained employees on HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules; failed to identify a security official and conduct a risk analysis; and failed to obtain business associate agreements for its email and scheduling services.
This was the first resolution agreement with a small practice since the Privacy and Security Rules were granted greater enforcement powers in 2009.
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