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Massachusetts HIPAA Case Outlines Series of Missteps

Massachusetts HIPAA Case Outlines Series of Missteps $230,000 in Penalties After Two Insider Breaches Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • September 24, 2018 UMass Memorial Medical Center, one of the entities at the center of the Massachusetts AG's breach settlement

A HIPAA-related enforcement case in Massachusetts involving two insider breaches alleges a trail of missteps, including failure to take prompt action after receiving tips about potential misuse of patient information.

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The Massachusetts attorney general's office on Sept. 20 announced it had smacked UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center with a total of $230,000 in financial penalties as part of a settlement for two separate breach cases affecting a total of 15,000 individuals. Both are part of UMass Memorial Health Care.

The cases each involved former employees who allegedly inappropriately accessed patient...(continued)

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