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Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Jason Saine Announce Legislation to Strengthen Protections against Identity Theft

January 17, 2019

Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Jason Saine today unveiled legislation to strengthen North Carolina’s laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims.

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Colorado Hospital Agrees to Settlement for Failing to Terminate Former Employee’s Access to Protected Health Information

December 11, 2018

Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) has agreed to pay $111,400 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to adopt a substantial corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security…

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Anthem Pays OCR $16 Million in Record HIPAA Settlement Following Largest U.S. Health Data Breach in History

October 15, 2018

Anthem, Inc. has agreed to pay $16 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and take substantial corrective action to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules after a series of cyberattacks led…

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Unauthorized Disclosure of Patients’ Protected Health Information During ABC Television Filming Results in Multiple HIPAA Settlements Totaling $999,000

September 20, 2018

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has reached separate settlements with Boston Medical Center (BMC), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for compromising the privacy of patients’ protected health information (PHI) by inviting film crews on…

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HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Audit Program

March 21, 2016

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun its next phase of audits of covered entities and their business associates.

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Addressing Gaps in Cybersecurity: OCR Releases Crosswalk Between HIPAA Security Rule and NIST Cybersecurity Framework

February 23, 2016

The sensitive health information maintained by health care providers and health plans has become an increasingly attractive target for cyberattacks. The need for health care organizations to up their game on health data security has never been greater.

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Executive Office of Management and Budget Publishes New Cybersecurity Strategy

November 9, 2015

In a memo to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Office of Management and Budget under the Obama Administration, encourages OPM to include identity theft protection as a standard employee benefit.

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FCC Issues First Privacy Enforcement Action Against Cable Operator

November 5, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has entered into a $595,000 settlement with Cox Communications to resolve an investigation into whether the company failed to properly protect its customers’ personal information when the company’s electronic data systems were breached in 2014.

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Federal Trade Commission Scam Alerts: What to Know and Do About Scams in the News

October 29, 2015

Stay a step ahead with the latest info and practical tips from the nation’s consumer protection agency.

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Warner Chilcott Agrees to Plead Guilty to Felony Health Care Fraud Scheme and Pay $125 Million to Resolve Criminal Liability and False Claims Act Allegations

October 29, 2015

Warner Chilcott U.S. Sales LLC, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical manufacturer Warner Chilcott PLC, has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of health care fraud, the Justice Department announced today.

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