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HHS announces first settlement in smaller data breach
Modern Healthcare

In less than three years, around 60,500 “smaller” healthcare data breaches—each affecting the records of fewer than 500 individuals—occurred across the country, and the federal government is setting its sights on providers implicated in these incidents.

HHS‘ Office for Civil Rights has reached a $50,000 settlement agreement with Hospice of North Idaho, based in Hayden, a suburb of Coeur D’Alene, pertaining to the hospice’s 2010 loss of a laptop computer that contained the records of 441 patients.