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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is implementing tougher penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. 

Before the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, civil monetary penalties could total $100 per violation and a maximum aggregate penalty of $25,000 per year for each violation. Typically, civil penalties were only applied in egregious cases; however, as part of the HITECH Act, the final rule increases fines for civil penalties and now includes a tiered penalty structure in line with the nature and circumstances of the violation.

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