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Penalties Increased for Violations of HIPAA's Administrative Simplification Rules
Increases Generally Apply to Civil Penalties Assessed After August 1, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published an interim final rule adjusting for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed for violations of the Administrative Simplification Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The increases generally apply to civil penalties assessed after August 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015.
HIPAA requires national standards to be established for electronic health care transactions, as well as "code sets," unique health identifiers, and security. These standards—called the Administrative Simplification Rules—apply to health care providers, clearinghouses, and covered health plans with 50 or more participants that are not self-administered.
Increased Penalties The interim final rule imposes the following penalty increases for violations of the Administrative Simplification Rules: