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May 02, 2019

HHS Changes HIPAA Civil Money Penalties

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, HHS issued a notification of enforcement discretion changing its “interpretation of HITECH Act resulting in a reduction in the amount of the cumulative annual penalty limit for three of the four categories.” Upon further review of the HITECH Act, HHS decided to revise the annual penalties for HIPAA violations to better reflect the level of culpability.