November 15, 2019

A Stitch in Time Could have Saved…$1.6 Million in HIPAA Penalties?

If you’re a Covered Entity (“CE”), that “creates, receives, maintains, or transmits electronic Protected Health Information (“ePHI”)”, then perhaps the recent string of HIPAA violations and subsequent civil monetary penalties are worth a moment of reflection. Is your CE in compliance with HIPAA’s Administrative Simplification Rules? The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (“HHSC”) must… Continue Reading

November 12, 2019

University of Rochester Medical Center Settles HIPAA Violations for $3 Million

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), one of the largest health systems in New York State, has settled potential violations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for $3 million with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In addition to the monetary settlement,… Continue Reading

November 11, 2019

HHS Issues Annual Adjusted Civil Penalties for MSP and SBC Violations

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its final regulations adjusting civil penalties for annual inflation, which included increased penalties for violations under the Medicare Secondary Payer Rules and willful failure to provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage. The regulations also adjusted penalties for violations under the… Continue Reading

HHS Issues Annual Adjusted Civil Penalties for HIPAA Violations

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

November 7, 2019

IRS Releases 2020 Adjusted Dollar Limitations For 401(k) Plans

On November 6, 2019, the IRS released its annual notice setting forth the various dollar limitations for contributions and benefits under qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans. The adjusted limits will be in effect as of January 1, 2020. As in prior years, the law requires that some of these limits be adjusted to reflect… Continue Reading

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