Experts: OCR Penalties Just the Beginning
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.April 6, 2011
In the wake of the Department of Health and Human Services' issuing of penalties totaling $5.3 million against two healthcare organizations, Help Net Security compiles expert insight on the implications of this first round of fines. "The overall conclusion," the report states, is that "these sizeable fines signal a wakeup call for the healthcare industry and are only the beginning." As ID Experts President Rick Kam, CIPP, suggests, the ramifications for HIPAA noncompliance go beyond fines with "Corrective Action Plans to follow, creation and implementation of revised policies, government agency monitoring--not to mention the potential damage and harm caused to the individuals whose information was breached."