January 22, 2020

OCR’s Largest HIPAA Settlements for 2019

As we’ve entered a new year, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the larger HIPAA settlements from 2019 to remind us how crucial it is to stay in compliance with this federal law. Background The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted to improve the efficiency and effectiveness… Continue Reading

January 20, 2020

IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines, Provides Penalty Relief for Good-Faith Compliance

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2019-63 to extend the due dates for reporting and furnishing requirements under sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). The Notice also provided penalty relief for these requirements if certain conditions are met. Background Sections 6055 and 6056 were added to the Code by the… Continue Reading

January 17, 2020

HHS Issues 2020 Penalties for HIPAA Noncompliance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued final rgulations adjusting civil penalties for annual inflation, including violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These violations include those under HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules and are basesd on a four-tier penalty structure that increases according to… Continue Reading

January 15, 2020

2020 Penalty Amounts for ERISA Health and Welfare and 401(k) Plans

To adjust for annual inflation, the Department of Labor (DOL) published the 2020 civil monetary penaltis for certain violations of health and retirement plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The DOL must annually adjust these amounts no later than January 15 of each year. The updated penalties for 401(k) and health… Continue Reading

January 10, 2020

Loss of Unencrypted Laptop Leads to $65,000 HIPAA Settlement

The last major settlement of 2019 regarding violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) may not have been the largest penalty of the year; but it nonetheless demonstrates the importance of compliance with HIPAA. On December 30, 2019, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human… Continue Reading

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