Part 2 — $22 Million Worth of Reasons Why It Pays to Comply with Regulatory Organizations

Last month, we introduced Part 1 of our five-part series dealing with regulatory fines. If Capital Market Services’ $75,000 fine from the National Futures Association didn’t send you into cardiac arrest, keep on reading.

Phoenix Cardiac Surgery — $100,000

In February 2009 the U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR) began a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) investigation of Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, a small Arizona-based physician group, after receiving a notice that the group was publicly posting doctors’ appointments on its website. What had most likely started out as a matter of convenience for the practice soon became a hassle, as the investigation lasted three years.

The OCR found that the group had failed to perform a risk assessment, appoint a security official, create a plan for protecting patient information and inform employees of that plan. Phoenix Cardiac ultimately received a $100,000 monetary sanction.

Don't miss Part 3 next month!

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