In Fiscal Year 2016, the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces the HIPAA privacy and security rules, settled 13 agreements with healthcare organizations that agreed to complete a corrective action plan following a breach of protected health information.

That compares with the prior annual record of seven settlement agreements and is three times the average of four or five agreements in recent years, according to Edward Zacharias and David Gacioch, partners specializing in compliance issues, including HIPAA resolution cases, at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery.

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