The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just published its “annual” inflation update to civil monetary penalty amounts (CMP) in its regulations – even though those penalties were just increased for inflation in November 2019.  Under the latest update, CMPs are increased by a 1.01764 “multiplier” (that is, a 1.764% increase), applicable to penalties assessed on or after January 17, 2020, if the violation occurred on or after November 2, 2015.  The notice impacts CMPs assessed by the Office of Inspector General, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office for Civil Rights, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Administration for Children and Families.