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Ask the Health Law Gurus™: What Is a Civil Monetary Penalty and How Is It Different from an OCR Settlement?

judge gavel and old law booksThe Health Law Gurus™ are here to help you stay current on issues and breaking news in health law. To help you stay up-to-date, we are excited to announce our new segment, “Ask the Health Law Gurus™.” Each month, we will select a reader’s question and answer it here, on the Health Law Gurus™ blog.

In response to our last blog post, “Historic Moment: Husband Reports Wife’s HIPAA Violation Triggering Six Figure Penalty Against Employer,” we received a question about civil monetary penalties. We address the question below.

QUESTION:  What is a civil monetary penalty (“CMP”), and how is it different from a settlement with the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) for a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”)? Continue Reading