Monday, June 05, 2006

Does HIPAA have teeth?

Washington Post article, "Medical Privacy Law Nets No Fines," discusses current HIPAA privacy enforcement statistics from DHHS Office ofCivil Rights. Some statistics from the article:
  • 19,420 HIPAA privacy complaints filed
  • 73 percent of cases closed by ruling there was no violation or allowing covered entity to implement voluntary compliance
  • 309 cases referred to DOJ for possible criminal violations
  • No civil fines imposed
  • Two criminal cases
UPDATE: Additional blog-spective on the investigation, oversight and enforcement of HIPAA over at Insurer Blog - A Ticket for HIPAA

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