Health Information Management

A winning game plan if OCR launches an investigation

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 24, 2011

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Healthcare organizations can learn some important lessons from Cignet Health about how not to respond to an OCR investigation.

The company, based in Prince George's County, MD, got hit in February with OCR's first civil money penalty for violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule-a $4.3 million tab that included $3 million for failing to cooperate with the agency's investigation. OCR determined Cignet acted with "willful neglect" and did not take action to correct the violations, which allowed the agency to impose the highest level of fines based on its tiered penalty structure.
 
Editor’s note: To read more, access this article in the May issue of Briefings on HIPAA.



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