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22 New Breaches Affect 116,000 Patients

More than 133,259,541 people have been affected by 1,221 HITECH Act breaches through May 17, according to statistics released by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). That represents an increase of about 116,614 patients and the addition of 22 new breaches.

The small increase in the number of people affected by breaches highlights the extreme variability of breaches as a breach of Premera Blue Cross affected 11 million patients and Anthem's breach affected about
80 million patients.

The breaches of Premera and Anthem account for almost 70% of patients affected by HITECH breaches.

Theft of laptops still led the way with the reason most cited for breaches. Moreover, theft continues to be the biggest reason for the number of breaches while hacking now affects the most patients.

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OCR Did Not Update Its Statistics
Rising HIPAA Complaints May Finally Reflect Frustration with Breaches

OCR reported it received 112,785 HIPAA patient complaints as of March 31, 2015, indicating that it received 1,677 complaints in the month of March. It received 1,486 in February and 562 in January.

The increasing number of montly complaints in recent times suggested that patients finally are becoming more likely to contact OCR as the public receives continuous reports of health data breaches.

An analysis of by HIP/SA of patients complaints right after the HITECH Act went into effect in September 2009 did not show a significant increase in patient complaints although more than 20 million people were notified of health data breaches almost immediately.


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OCR Did Not Update Its Statistics
OCR Security 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 Has Not Updated 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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