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HIPAA Settlements, Fines, and Penalties

HIPAA settlements are hard to keep track of–that’s why we’ve created this simple directory of large-scale HIPAA fines listed by year. All information is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on their HIPAA Resolution Agreements overview.

For the full list of HIPAA breaches and fines, you can visit OCR’s Breach Portal, or “Wall of Shame“. This is where OCR lists the countless other small-scale HIPAA breaches and fines. View our HIPAA fines chart below for the full HIPAA settlements list.

Remember that large-scale settlements are only a fraction of the fines levied by federal investigators every year. Once you’ve had a HIPAA breach, the name of your practice is permanently listed on The Wall of Shame–including the offense, date, and number of individuals affected.


What is the Penalty for a HIPAA Violation?

HIPAA violations cost your practice. The federal fines for noncompliance are based on the level of perceived negligence found within your organization at the time oft he HIPAA violation. These fines and consequences can range from $100 to $50,000 per violation (or per record), with a maximum penalty of $1.5 million per year for each violation. View our HIPAA fines chart below for the full HIPAA fines list.

2019 HIPAA Fines

Date Organization Fine Total Link to OCR Settlement
February 7, 2019

Cottage Health

$3,000,000 Cottage Health Settles Potential Violations of HIPAA Rules for $3 Million
May 6, 2019 Touchstone Medical Imaging $3,000,000 Tennessee Diagnostic Medical Imaging Services Company Pays $3,000,000 to Settle Breach Exposing Over 300,000 Patients’ Protected Health Information
May 23, 2019 Medical Informatics Engineering  $100,000 Indiana Medical Records Service Pays $100,000 to Settle HIPAA Breach – May 23, 2019
September 9, 2019 Bayfront Health St. Petersburg $85,000

OCR Settles First Case in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

October 2, 2019 Elite Dental Associates $10,000 Dental Practice Pays $10,000 to Settle Social Media Disclosures of Patients’ Protected Health Information
October 23, 2019

Jackson Health System


OCR Imposes a $2.15 Million Civil Money Penalty against Jackson Health System for HIPAA Violations

November 5, 2019 University of Rochester Medical Center $3,000,000

Failure to Encrypt Mobile Devices Leads to $3 Million HIPAA Settlement

November 7, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


OCR Imposes a $1.6 Million Civil Money Penalty against Texas Health and Human Services Commission for HIPAA Violations

November 27, 2019 Sentara Hospitals $2,175,000 OCR Secures $2.175 Million HIPAA Settlement after Hospitals Failed to Properly Notify HHS of a Breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information
December 12, 2019 Korunda Medical $85,000 OCR Settles Second Case in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative
December 30, 2019 West Georgia Ambulance $65,000 Ambulance Company Pays $65,000 to Settle Allegations of Longstanding HIPAA Noncompliance
   2019 TOTAL: $15,270,000  

2018 HIPAA Fines

Date Organization Fine Total Link to OCR Settlement
February 1, 2018 Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) $3,500,000 Five breaches add up to millions in settlement costs for entity that failed to heed HIPAA’s risk analysis and risk management rules
February 13, 2018  Filefax, Inc.  $100,000  Consequences for HIPAA violations don’t stop when a business closes
June 18, 2018 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  $4,348,000  Judge rules in favor of OCR and requires a Texas cancer center to pay $4.3 million in penalties for HIPAA violations
September 20, 2018  Boston Medical Center (BMC), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) $999,000

Unauthorized Disclosure of Patients’ Protected Health Information During ABC Television Filming Results in Multiple HIPAA Settlements Totaling $999,000

October 16, 2018  Anthem $16,000,000

Anthem Pays OCR $16 Million in Record HIPAA Settlement Following Largest U.S. Health Data Breach in History

November 26, 2018 Allergy Associates of Hartford, P.C. $125,000 Allergy practice pays $125,000 to settle doctor’s disclosure of patient information to a reporter
December 4, 2018 Advanced Care Hospitalists PL (ACH) $500,000 Florida contractor physicians’ group shares protected health information with unknown vendor without a business associate agreement
December 11, 2018 Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) $111,400 Colorado hospital failed to terminate former employee’s access to electronic protected health information
December 12, 2018 Cottage Health $3,000,000 Cottage Health Settles Potential Violations of HIPAA Rules for $3 Million
   2018 TOTAL: $28,683,400  

2017 HIPAA Fines

Date Organization Fine Total Link to OCR Settlement
January 9, 2017 Presence Health $475,000 First HIPAA enforcement action for lack of timely breach notification settles for $475,000
January 18, 2017 MAPFRE $2,200,000 HIPAA settlement demonstrates importance of implementing safeguards for ePHI
February 1, 2017 Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3,200,000 Lack of timely action risks security and costs money
February 16, 2017 Memorial Healthcare Systems $5,500,000 $5.5 million HIPAA settlement shines light on the importance of audit controls
April 12, 2017 Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) $400,000 Overlooking risks leads to breach, $400,000 settlement
April 20, 2017 The Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) $31,000 No Business Associate Agreement?  $31K Mistake
April 24, 2017 CardioNet $2,500,000 $2.5 million settlement shows that not understanding HIPAA requirements creates risk
May 10, 2017 Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) $2,400,000 Texas health system settles potential HIPAA violations for disclosing patient information
 May 23, 2017  St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital System Inc.  $387,200 Careless handling of HIV information jeopardizes patient’s privacy, costs entity $387k
 June 7, 2017  Rite Aid  $1,000,000

Rite Aid Agrees to Pay $1 Million to Settle HIPAA Privacy Case

 December 18, 2017  21st Century Oncology  $2,300,000 $2.3 Millon Levied for Multiple HIPAA Violations at NY-Based Provider
   2017 TOTAL: $20,393,200  

2016 HIPAA Fines

Date Organization Fine Total Link to OCR Settlement
February 3, 2016 Lincare, Inc. $239,800 Administrative Law Judge rules in favor of OCR enforcement, requiring Lincare, Inc. to pay $239,800
February 16, 2016 Physical Therapy $25,000 Physical therapy provider settles violations that it impermissibly disclosed patient information
March 16, 2016 North Memorial $1,550,000 $1.55 million settlement underscores the importance of executing HIPAA business associate agreements
March 17, 2016 Feinstein Research $3,900,000 Improper disclosure of research participants’ protected health information results in $3.9 million HIPAA settlement
 April 20, 2016 Raleigh Orthopaedic $750,000 $750,000 settlement highlights the need for HIPAA business associate agreements
April 21, 2016 New York Presbyterian $2,200,000 Unauthorized Filming for “NY Med” Results in $2.2 Million Settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital
June 29, 2016 Catholic Health Services of Philadelphia $650,000 Business Associate’s Failure to Safeguard Nursing Home Residents’ PHI Leads to $650,000 HIPAA Settlement
July 18, 2016 Oregon Health & Science University $2,700,000 Widespread HIPAA vulnerabilities result in $2.7 million settlement with Oregon Health & Science University
July 21, 2016 Univeristy of Mississippi Medical Center $2,750,000 Multiple alleged HIPAA violations result in $2.75 million settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC)
August 4, 2016 Advocate Health $5,550,000 Advocate Health Care Settles Potential HIPAA Penalties for $5.55 Million
September 23, 2016 Care New England Health System $400,000 HIPAA settlement illustrates the importance of reviewing and updating, as necessary, business associate agreements
October 17, 2016 St. Joseph’s $2,140,000 $2.14 million HIPAA settlement underscores importance of managing security risk
November 22, 2016 UMass $650,000 UMass settles potential HIPAA violations following malware infection
  2016 TOTAL: $23,504,800  

2015 HIPAA Fines

Date Organization Fine Total Link to OCR Settlement
April 22, 2015 Cornell Prescription Pharmacy $125,000 <a class="in-cell-link" style="text-decoration-line: none; transition-property: color, background-color, border-color; transition-duration: 0.2s; transitio
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