On Friday, May 31, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice released a press release pertaining to two Chicago-area home health agencies. The owners of the home health agencies plead guilty for their involvement in a kickback scheme through which they improperly obtained nearly $2 million dollars in Medicare reimbursements.
In 2012 and 2013, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (the “Cancer Center”) exposed protected health information pertaining to approximately 35,000 individuals. The Cancer Center has been involved in the appeals process regarding penalties imposed by the federal Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of approximately $4.3 million associated with the HIPAA breaches.
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