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February 2016

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From Report on Patient Privacy - If patients treated at Lakewood Regional Medical Center in Lakewood, Calif., want a copy of their medical record, they must physically go to the hospital to complete a request form. But, according to new guidance issued by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), this practice is an example of “unreasonable measures” that are forbidden under the privacy rule at 45 CFR §164.524, “Individuals’ Right under HIPAA to Access Their Health Information.” Read more

Anthem. Premera. CareFirst. Last year saw so many large breaches of health… Read more

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February 8, 2016
Jackson Memorial Fires Staffers Over NFL Star's Amputated Finger

Two Miami hospital staffers were fired after revealing Jason Pierre-Paul's medical records regarding his amputated finger.

February 5, 2016
HHS Proposes Changes to HIPAA Over Substance Abuse Records

HHS is proposing ‪privacy changes regarding substance abuse records to allow for more integrated care.

January 26, 2016
Centene Reports Lost Hard Drives of 950k Members

Centene has lost six internal hard drives that contained the PHI of 950,000 members.

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