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Daily Dashboard | An Active Year for Federal HIPAA Enforcement; Is This the New Normal? Related reading: COVID-19 privacy updates from Europe

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So far in 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into settlements with seven covered entities to resolve alleged violations of HIPAA. While at first glance this may not seem like substantial enforcement activity, it represents the greatest number of HIPAA settlements by OCR in any calendar year to date. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Edward Zacharias of McDermott Will & Emery discusses each of the 2014 settlements; provides observations about the cases; gives enforcement predictions for 2015, and offers some advice on the steps covered entities and business associates can take to comply with HIPAA and safeguard the PHI in their possession.
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