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Former Nursing Home Owner Agrees to Pay $650K in Theft of Patient Records

Publisher: Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter
July 7, 2016

Eric Fader was quoted in an article, "Former Nursing Home Owner Agrees to Pay $650K in Theft of Patient Records," in Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter. The article discusses the $650,000 settlement by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  CHCS was alleged to have violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) security rule by failing to evaluate risks to electronic protected health information on mobile devices. The settlement arose out of the theft of an iPhone that contained medical records for 412 nursing home patients. Fader pointed out that two settlements earlier this year involved business associates of HIPAA covered entities, and the OCR has been making examples of companies whose employees have had mobile devices stolen since at least 2014. "OCR clearly felt that ongoing reinforcement remains necessary and the new settlement with CHCS drives home the point that not all [business associates] are prepared for security incidents," Fader added. 


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