The HHS Office for Civil Rights is continuing its aggressive effort of sanctioning covered entities and business associates who have run afoul of HIPAA privacy and security rules, this time taking aim at University of Mississippi Medical Center.
UMMC will pay a $2.75 million fine and enter into a resolution agreement and corrective action plan after an OCR investigation determined the hospital was aware of vulnerabilities to protected health information since at least April 2005—the compliance data of the HIPAA Security Rule. The agency contends that the organization took no meaningful action to mitigate risk until after the theft of a laptop in 2013. While the computer was password protected, it was not encrypted.
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