The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has confirmed that they are investigating Walgreens for HIPAA violations relating to pharmacies failing to shred patient information. This is no surprise after the HHS got $2.25 million in settlement with number two chain CVS and $1 million from number three chain Rite Aid.
If you need money for your agency you can either get increases approved by congress or use existing laws to increase fines. The OCR must see HIPAA as an easy way to boost the budget. Every medical practice needs to be vigilant to protect themselves. You must either make shredding easy and documented with a service or make sure a manager is supervising the process.