Provider: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service-Health and Retirement Study

Inspections & Penalties: Penalty

Language from Contract:
FOR HRS : 21. The Receiving Agency represents that it has in place policies and procedures on scientific integrity and misconduct. The Receiving Agency recognizes that certain violations of this agreement might constitute actions covered by such policies and procedures. If the HRS notifies the Receiving Organization's office responsible for scientific misconduct that a violation of this agreement has occurred and alleges that the violation constitutes scientific misconduct, the Receiving Organization will handle the allegation according to its policies and procedures applicable to scientific integrity and misconduct.

24. If HRS determines that this Agreement has been violated, HRS may:

a. prohibit any of the signatories of this Agreement, and of any Supplemental Agreements with Research Staff, from obtaining access to any HRS Restricted Data.

b. report the violation(s) to the Receiving Agency's office responsible for Code of Conduct on the safeguard of confidential information, and request that sanctions be imposed on the person(s) responsible for the violations.

c. report (directly or through the National Institute on Aging) the violation(s) to funding agencies with a recommendation that current funding be terminated, and future funding denied, to the Investigator(s), the Research Staff, and any other person implicated in the violation(s).

d. utilize such other remedies as may be available to it under law

FOR CMS: 14. The User hereby acknowledges that criminal penalties under 1106(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1306(a)), including a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 5 years, or both, may apply to disclosures of information that are covered by 1106 and that are not authorized by regulation or by Federal law. The User further acknowledges that criminal penalties under the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a(i) (3)) may apply if it is determined that the Requestor or Custodian, or any individual employed or affiliated therewith, knowingly and willfully obtained the file(s) under false pretenses. Any person found to have violated sec. (i)(3) of the Privacy Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more than $5,000. Finally, the User acknowledges that criminal penalties may be imposed under 18 U.S.C. § 641 if it is determined that the User, or any individual employed or affiliated therewith, has taken or converted to his own use data file(s), or received the file(s) knowing that they were stolen or converted. Under such circumstances, they shall be fined under Title 18 or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both; but if the value of such property does not exceed the sum of $1,000, they shall be fined under Title 18 or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.

Detail: Will be a combination of HRS and CMS