Health Information Management

OCR breach list adds nearly 30 in a month

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 31, 2011

The number of large breaches reported to OCR continues to climb.

Close to 360 entities have reported breaches of unsecured PHI affecting 500 or more individuals, a spike of about one per day over the last month. On as late as September 23, the number stood at 330. It is 358 as of Oct. 28.

OCR began posting entities reporting the large breaches in February 2010, capturing breaches dating back to September 2009.

OCR has averaged about 18 entities per month on its list over the 20 months the website has been live.

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