Nobody is suggesting that you shouldn't take HIPAA complaints seriously. But it might be a relief to know that less than 25 percent of the complaints lodged with HHS were ultimately found eligible for additional investigation--and that none have been targeted for formal action. That's the conclusion drawn by an analysis from Melamedia, an industry research firm, which examined 22,664 complaints received by HHS from April 2003 through September 2006. During that period, 5,400 of the complaints were considered worthy of further investigation. HHS took informal action in 3,700 cases, but imposed no formal sanctions.
Learn more about the research:
- read this release from Melamedia