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HIPAA & Breach Enforcement Statistics for January 2015

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365,000 Affected by 21 Newly Posted Breaches

Health data breaches involving more than 500 patients rose to 1187 as OCR posted 21 new incidents affecting more than 365.491 patients, according to the latest analysis by HIP/SA of OCR data from Nov. 18 through Dec. 17.

More than 41,620,109 patients have been affected overall since OCR started publishing data.

Business Associates (BA) may have been involved in as many as 336 incidents, which suggests BAs were involved in two of the 21 newly posted incidents.

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Number of HIPAA Patient Complaints Rebounds in November

OCR reported it received 105,960 HIPAA patient complaints as of Nov. 30 and since the agency began enforcing the rules in April 2003. The 1,027 complaints it received in November represented an increase from the 867 it received October. OCR received 2,841 complaints in September.
OCR indicated that it had 4,876 complaints open in November, compared to 5,047 in October and 5,828 in September.

The agency has referred 540 complaints to the Department of Justice for possible criminal prosecution. That suggested that it made three referrals in November. It made no referrals in October and one referral in September

The privacy areas investigated most often were:

  • Impermissible uses and disclosures of protected health information;
  • Lack of safeguards of protected health information;
  • Lack of patient access to their protected health information;
  • Lack of administrative safeguards of electronic protected health information; and
  • Use or disclosure of more than the minimum necessary protected health information.


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OCR Security Stats - OCR Did Not Update Stats

OCR said that as of June 30, it received 940 complaints alleging a security rule violation since it took over enforcement from CMS in October 2009. The agency statistics suggested that it received 20 complaints in August. It received 19 complaints in July and 21 complaints in June. OCR said it had 316 open complaints and compliance reviews.


HIPAA Transactions Standards
CMS Did Not Update Stats Since January 2014

Complaints Received by CMS
Through Jan. 31, 2014
Complaint Type Total Open Closed
Transaction and Code Sets 808 21 787
National Provide Identifier 62 0 62
Total 870 21 849
No Civil Penalties Imposed

Open –Outstanding issues remain. Entity may be under a corrective action plan or additional information from either the complainant, the filed against entity, or both is being sought.
Closed–No further action required. All issues have been sufficiently resolved.

  Source: CMS

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