Legal Health: OCR Hones in on Smaller HIPAA Breaches

Houston Medical Times September 2016

Lindsay Borgeson, an Associate in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s New York office, authored an article in the Houston Medical Times, titled “Legal Health: OCR Hones in on Smaller HIPAA Breaches.”

Following is an excerpt (see below to download the full article in PDF format):

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the agency tasked with enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), recently announced that it will redouble its efforts to investigate smaller breaches of Protected Health Information (“PHI”) that affect fewer than five-hundred (500) individuals.

It has been widely known that OCR opens an investigation for every breach affecting more than 500 individuals; this announcement describes OCR’s new initiative to investigate smaller breaches as well.