As of January 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services had reported 81,790 breaches of patient information in healthcare affecting millions of patients. HIPAA fines are growing, and penalties are becoming more onerous. The final omnibus HIPAA and HITECH rule has been announced, and compliance dates are set. Now is the time for medical practices to revisit HIPAA compliance, update policies, and prepare to meet new requirements. This article will help your practice protect patient information and reduce your overall HIPAA risk.