HIPAA Spotlight: Key Stats from a Banner Year

Overview


David Gacioch called 2016 “an off-the-charts record” for HHS Office of Civil Rights action on HIPAA privacy violations. “Finally, some evidence back[ed] up their repeated statements that the gloves are coming off and they’re going to get tougher on enforcement,” he said. Edward Zacharias added that “the change in the regulation where there is now a presumption in favor of a breach, and the responsibility is on the covered entity to rebut that presumption, undoubtedly increased” the enforcement actions.