Thursday, July 23, 2009

3 Plead Guilty to HIPAA Violations

http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/HIPAA-38694-1.html?ET=healthdatamanagement:e949:23464a:&st=email

A physician and two former employees at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor federal charges that they inappropriately accessed the medical records of local television anchor, Anne Pressly, who was slain in October 2008.

The local U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed that all three entered guilty pleas July 20, acknowledging they violated the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

MIAOULIS Note: Just another example that organizations need to evaluate and enhance their current HIPAA Security and Privacy Programs.

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