2017 has certainly brought some hefty HIPAA fines.  Take a look:

January 9, 2017: Lack of timely breach notification. Fine $475,000

January 18, 2017: Impermissable disclosure of unsecured ePHI. Fine 2.2 million dollars

February 1, 2017: Lack of Timely Action. Fine 3.2 million dollars

February 16, 2017:  Importance of Audit Controls.  Fine 5.5 million

April 12, 2017:  Overlooking Risks.  Fine $400,000

April 20, 2017:  No Business Associate Agreement. Fine $31,000

April 24, 2017:  Not understanding HIPAA creates risks (and fines): $2.5 million

May 10, 2017:  Disclosing patient information.  Fine 2.4 million

May 23, 2017:  Careless handling of HIV information.  Fine $387,000

So far, for June, nothing reported.

MBO, your professional, established and trusted Medical Billing Service providing end-to-end Revenue Cycle Management services will always have a valid Business Associate’s Agreement in place with all clients.  Give us a call at 573.634.7155 and let’s discuss what your needs are and how MBO can provide some relief.