New Interim Rule Creates Higher Penalties for HIPAA Violations
On October 30th, HHS published its new HIPAA rules that increase penalties for HIPAA and HITECH violations. The rule becomes effective Nov. 30th, and applies to violations occurring on or after Feb. 18, 2009. Covered entities that violate HIPAA or HITECH could be liable for penalties ranging from $100 to $50,000 depending on the nature of the violation, the resulting harm, and other factors such as the covered entities' history of prior compliance and financial condition. The interim final rule can be found here.