January 31, 2017

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner David P. Saunders provides a detailed recap and analysis of key HIPAA developments from last year. These include a discussion about the dramatic rise in HIPAA enforcement, new HHS guidance for managing ransomware attacks and cloud computing, and the start of Phase II of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Audit. The piece also offers insight into enforcement trends that could carry over into 2017.

“Last year saw unprecedented levels of enforcement actions, fines and, as a result, aggregate HIPAA penalties being assessed,” writes Mr. Saunders. “The question on many HIPAA-watcher minds, however, is whether 2016 is the ‘new normal’ or whether 2016 was aberrational.”