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South Country Health Alliance Breach Impacts 66,874 Plan Members

Owatonna, MN-based Minnesota South Country Health Alliance has discovered an unauthorized individual accessed the email account of an employee that contained the protected health information of 66,874 of its members. The email account breach was detected on September 14, 2020, with the subsequent investigation revealing the account was first accessed by an unauthorized individual on… Read More »

Hackers Leak Data Stolen in European Medicines Agency Cyberattack

In December, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) suffered a cyberattack and hackers gained access to third party documents. Some of the data stolen in the attack has now been leaked online. The EMA is the agency responsible for regulating the assessments and approvals of COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and research in the EU. The EMA had… Read More »

2020 HIPAA Violation Cases and Penalties

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settled 19 HIPAA violation cases in 2020. More financial penalties were issued in 2020 than in any other year since the Department of Health and Human Services was given the authority to enforce HIPAA compliance. $13,554,900 was paid to OCR to settle the… Read More »

COPS Monitoring Confirmed as HIPAA Compliant by Compliancy Group

Compliancy Group has confirmed Williamstown, NJ-based COPS Monitoring, the largest provider of professional monitoring in the United States, has implemented an effective HIPAA compliance program. The regulatory standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) govern the privacy, security, and integrity of sensitive healthcare data called Protected Health Information (PHI). Any vendor of… Read More »

OCR Continues HIPAA Right of Access Crackdown with $200,000 Fine

The HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is continuing to crackdown on healthcare providers that are not providing patients with timely access to their medical records. Yesterday, OCR announced a settlement had been agreed with Banner Health to resolve a HIPAA Right of Access investigation. Banner Health agreed to pay $200,000 to settle the case.… Read More »