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HIPAA Turns 15, Enforcement Actions Increase

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 8, 2011

In the year of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) 15th birthday, The Tennessean looks back on what it calls "one of the most popular healthcare bills of the generation." HIPAA passed the Senate with a 98-0 vote, and 421-2 in the House of Representatives, a rare consensus for a Congressional bill, the report states. Meanwhile, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reports that more than 30,750 data breaches have occurred since new breach notification requirements under HIPAA went into effect in 2009. The OCR has warned covered entities that its forthcoming HIPAA audit findings may lead to formal enforcement. 
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