HHS imposed the first civil monetary penalty for a HIPAA violation against Cignet Health. The $4.3 million penalty arose from Cignet's failure to allow 41 patients access to their medical records. It was then exacerbated by Cignet's refusal to cooperate with the OCR's investigation. Cignet's willful neglect of its obligation to cooperate with the government investigation ultimately cost it $3 million on top of the $1.3 CMP imposed for the underlying access violation. Lest there be any lingering doubt, ignoring a government investigation won't make it go away!
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