Sentara Hospitals' HIPAA Settlement: Why $2.2 Million?

December 2, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

Federal regulators have slapped Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Hospitals with a $2.2 million HIPAA settlement for improperly reporting a breach and lacking a business associate agreement.

In a Nov. 27 statement, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights says the settlement came in the wake of a 2017 breach tied to mailing errors.

OCR acted after receiving a complaint that alleged Sentara Hospitals had sent a bill to an individual containing another patient's protected health information.

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