This is a reminder that the HIPAA Breach reporting deadline is less than two weeks away, which means HIPAA breaches involving fewer than 500 individuals which occurred during 2021 must be reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) no later than Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule places a strict time limit on the issuing of notifications and reporting of data breaches of individuals whose protected health information has been exposed. For breaches of PHI, notification letters to individuals affected must be sent within 60 days from the date of discovery and without reasonable delay.
When reporting breaches of fewer than 500 individuals, you may report these small breaches as they occur to HHS, or you have 60 days from the end of the calendar year in which the breach was discovered. Breaches must be reported to the HHS via the breach reporting tool on the HHS website below.
HHS strongly advises reporting breaches well ahead of the deadline as there will likely be high levels of traffic on the breach reporting portal as the deadline approaches, which could cause availability issues. The failure to report HIPAA breaches could result in serious consequences and potential financial penalties.
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