The settlement will be used to cover the costs of litigation, the investigation and consumer protection law enforcement, data security improvement, and other fees.
In 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) collected a record $23.5+ million dollars in HIPAA violation settlements.
As of late May 2017, the OCR has already amassed close to $15 million dollars in HIPAA violation settlements.
With HIPAA enforcements and HIPAA audits not slowing down anytime soon, covered entities and business associates can learn key lessons from past settlements.
Anthem Inc, providers of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance, has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit at the tune of $115 million dollars over a 2015 data breach cyber attack.
Anthem is known for being the second largest health insurance company in the USA.
If U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh gives court approval, the payout will be the largest data breach settlement ever for a data breach lawsuit.
The latest in 2017 HIPAA settlements comes with a $2.4 million price tag.
Memorial Hermann Health System agreed to pay the multi-million dollar settlement to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for releasing the name of a patient and other personal health information (PHI) in a press release.