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Anthem Mega-Breach: Record $16 Million HIPAA Settlement

Anthem Mega-Breach: Record $16 Million HIPAA Settlement Regulators Say Health Insurer Failed to Take Basic Security Steps Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • October 16, 2018

Federal regulators have smacked health insurer Anthem Inc. with a record $16 million HIPAA settlement in the wake of a cyberattack revealed in 2015, which impacted nearly 79 million individuals. In announcing the largest-ever HIPAA fine, regulators noted the insurer failed to take several basic security steps, including conducting an enterprisewide security risk assessment.

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The previous largest HIPAA settlement was $5.55 million paid by Advocate Health Care in 2016.

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights says Anthem agreed to take "substantial corrective action" to settle potential HIPAA privacy and security rules violations after a series of cyberattacks led to the largest U.S. health data breach,...(continued)

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