In 2015, the Office of Civil Rights issued $6 million in fines. In 2016, that number increased to $23 million, a 283 percent jump. So far in 2017, they have issued $17 million in fines with the projection of upward growth.
Why are all these fines being issued? Lack of a HIPAA compliance program for businesses. Most fines stem from not understanding and implementing the four fundamentals of HIPAA listed below. If you think those numbers seem like a good reason to get your business on track to be HIPAA compliant, you’re right. Read about the four fundamental steps to get your business on the track.