Continuing to focus on the importance of having HIPAA business associate agreements between providers and contractors in force, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has again imposed heavy sanctions on a healthcare organization.

This time, however, there is no assertion that the breach put patients at serious risk, but that the organization essentially ignored HIPAA. Four-site Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic of North Carolina has agreed to pay a $750,000 HIPAA settlement penalty and comply with a corrective action plan. More than 30 other organizations have previously agreed to such sanctions after OCR determined they ignored HIPAA.

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