As I’m writing this article in late August, there are already 10 HIPAA settlements issued this year to healthcare providers or their business associates, with more expected to come by the year’s end. This demonstrates that the number fines imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services is on the rise.

These fines have been noteworthy, gaining the attention of both hospitals and business associates, which are persons or (more commonly) entities that perform certain functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure of protected health information on behalf of, or provides services to, a covered entity.

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