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HIPAA’s Enforcement Realities

A Status Report On HIPAA Enforcements and a Warning: The Government is Getting More Aggressive

By the end of May 2017, The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within Health and Human Services (HHS) had already fined nine different healthcare organizations a total of $17 million for various HIPAA compliance violations. With an average fine of $1.9 million per enforcement, 2017 is trending at a rapid rate, and will undoubtedly surpass the total fines levied in 2016. Here’s a little more perspective: the fines of 2016 totaled more than $23 million. Compare that to the approximately $8 million in both 2015 and 2014, and the $3.8 million in 2013.

Fines are increasing at an exponential rate.

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HIPAA Enforcement Realities

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the biggest tax overhaul we have experienced since 1986.  While much of the publicity was around simplifying the code and the forms for individuals, you will notice some major changes in how your tax liability is calculated this year. Let’s discuss three of the big changes (not […]

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LLC members & self-employment taxes

LLC Members & Self-Employment Taxes

When it comes to self-employment taxes, an LLC member is not necessarily in the same boat as a limited partner. The IRS is cracking down on LLC members who underreport their SE income by erroneously claiming they are similar to a limited partner of a Partnership. Facts and circumstances play a key role in making […]

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The #1 issue facing construction companies (still) (1)

The #1 Issue (Still) Facing Construction Companies

Workforce development continues to be a major issue facing the construction industry. The fact that it has remained a top issue for the past several years shows it is not going away, and solutions are slow to come. When we talk to construction company clients and ask them how it’s going, many of them say, […]

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