The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has agreed to pay a fine of $1.7 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as settlement of possible HIPAA Security Violations according to an article at Healthcare IT News. According to the article this is the second largest announced settlement for HIPAA violations.
Not surprisingly, the settlement includes a commitment by the state to take correction action in terms of the safeguarding of the electronic personal health information of their Medicaid beneficiaries.
The breach report, originally submitted by the Alaska DHSS, indicated that a USB storage device that may have contained personal health information from up to 2,000 individuals was stolen from the vehicle of a DHSS employee.
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