The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced it will lower fines for less egregious Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations, GovInfoSecurity reports. Last Friday, HHS posted a "notification of enforcement discretion regarding HIPAA civil money penalties," which revises the framework for maximum annual caps for monetary penalties against business associates and covered entities. HHS is also making a "big push" for patient access to personal data, the report states. Office for Civil Rights Director Roger Severino said the revised penalty caps are "a better read" of what Congress intended under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. Meanwhile, HHS has also released guidance on liability with third-party apps.
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