Summary of OCR Enforcement Data 2022

The "Enforcement Highlights" page on the HHS.gov website gives a thorough summary of HIPAA enforcement, and is an important resource for healthcare professionals looking to stay compliant with the law.


Summary of OCR Enforcement Results in 2022 (HHS)

(As of December 31, 2022)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

To date, OCR has resolved 307,399 cases, many of which resulted in changes to privacy practices and corrective actions.

In addition, 129 cases were settled or penalties were imposed, equaling a total of $133,578,772.00.

Check out our take on "How HIPAA Financial Penalties are Determined and Calculated."

The most common allegations of violations involve impermissible uses and disclosures of protected health information, lack of safeguards for health information, lack of access to health information, and use or disclosure of more than the minimum necessary health information.

In instances where the alleged activity does not violate HIPAA Rules, the complaint is not eligible for enforcement.

Referrals to the Department of Justice are made for cases involving the knowing disclosure or obtaining of protected information.

For more information about HIPAA compliance, the HHS.gov website's "Enforcement Highlights" page is a valuable resource.

To save you time, we summarized the OCR's Enforcement Results 2022 into a list of HIPAA financial penalties that were levied against HIPAA covered entities and business associates. The list a sobering take on which HIPAA compliance issues provoke an audit.


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