Yearly HIPAA Breach Notification Deadline Approaching

Posted By Madilyn Moeller, Wednesday, February 7, 2024

HIPAA medical law: doctor holding stethoscope, scale of justice

Each year healthcare organizations must report breaches affecting less than 500 patients to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within 60 days from the end of the calendar year in which the breach occurred. This means that smaller scale breaches that occurred in any given year must be reported by March 1 the following year to the HHS — or February 29 in a leap year which 2024 is.

To provide healthcare organizations guidance on how to comply with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, and the breach notification deadline are discussed below.

What Is Considered a Breach Under HIPAA?

Under HIPAA, a breach is an incident that has the potential to compromise protected health information (PHI). This includes hacking incidents, unauthorized access to PHI (whether it be an outside party, or a member of your workforce accessing PHI without cause), theft or loss of an unencrypted device with access to PHI, or improper disposal of medical records.

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