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N.C. Clinic Pays $750,000 to Settle Alleged HIPAA Violations

Publisher: Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Daily Report
April 22, 2016

Eric Fader was quoted in an article, "N.C. Clinic Pays $750,000 to Settle Alleged HIPAA Violations," in Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Daily Report. In the article, Fader discusses a North Carolina orthopedic clinic's recent $750,000 settlement with the government over allegations that it potentially violated the HIPAA Privacy Rule by giving patient data to a business partner without first signing a business associate agreement (BAA). Fader says that while the government has been stressing the importance of BAAs since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was released in 2009, many providers still do not have BAAs with all of their business associates or have not updated them as required by the 2013 HIPAA omnibus rule. "In my view, a failure to have all required BAAs in place could very well be considered an inherently serious violation, given the core importance of BAAs in HIPAA," Fader said.

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