Historic HIPAA Fine Will Push Feds To Get Tougher

February 20, 2014 – In The News

William H. Maruca was quoted in the Law360 article “Historic HIPAA Fine Will Push Feds To Get Tougher.” While the full text can be found in the February 20, 2014, issue of Law360, a synopsis is noted below.

Federal regulators have largely avoided fining corporations for health privacy breaches, but attorneys say they may begin to face some pressure to do so after a Puerto Rican watchdog fined an insurance company $7 million for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

"This is a shocking fine, given the circumstances," said William H. Maruca.

With new provisions of HIPAA recently taking effect, making it easier to trigger breach notifications as well as extending statutes to business associates of covered entities, cases like that in Puerto Rico may become more common.

"The more time goes by," Maruca said, "the more covered entities and business associates are going to be expected to toe the line."