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2021 Adjustments to HIPAA Penalties and More

2021 Adjustments to HIPAA Penalties and More

At the end of November, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced inflation adjustments for HIPAA penalties and a few others. Group health plan sponsors and other entities who violate any rules of HIPAA will see a penalty increase of 1.182%.

HIPAA is broken down into four tiers of violations, categorized by level of culpability, with minimum and maximum penalty amounts for each and an annual cap for multiple breaches of an identical HIPAA provision. We've outlined these changes for you:

Minimum Penalties

2021

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Vaccine Mandates and Religious Exemptions

Vaccine Mandates and Religious Exemptions

Vaccine mandates are a hot topic at the moment after the Biden administration announced that all government employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Medcom wanted to take some time to discuss a few critical details about mandates as they relate to employers and potential religious exemptions for employees. Earlier this week, Michelle Barki, our Senior Legal Counsel, presented a webinar on this topic. The webinar is available by clicking this link: View Vaccine Webinar.

What is a Religious Exemption?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion,...

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