Maximum civil monetary penalty (CMP) amounts that may be imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies have increased once again under the latest HHS inflation adjustment notice.  Specifically, in conformance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (“the Act”), HHS is applying a 1.02522 inflation “multiplier” (i.e., a 2.522% increase) to all its applicable monetary penalties in 45 CFR § 102.3, including CMPs assessed by the Office of Inspector General, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office for Civil Rights, and the Food and Drug Administration, among others.  The increased CMP amounts apply to penalties assessed on or after November 5, 2019, if the violation occurred on or after November 2, 2015 (the Act’s date of enactment).