Hospital pays $2.2 million HIPAA Penalty for Reality Show Participation

New York Presbyterian Hospital was slapped with a $2.2 million fine for allowing a network reality show film the death of a trauma patient without seeking permission from the patient’s family.

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OCR Begins Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

The hotly anticipated Phase 2 series of HIPAA privacy and security audits of covered entities’ and their business associates are underway, the US Department Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced Monday.

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Turning 7, HIPAA Tops 51,000 Privacy Complaints

The Office for Civil Rights released its HIPAA enforcement data for April, offering a snapshot of the complaints logged in the seven years of the privacy rule. Since April 2003, when the privacy rule took effect, through April 2010, OCR has received 51,762 complaints. Of those, it has resolved more than 46,000 (89 percent). Not all resolutions required an investigation. Of the more than 16,000 cases that did, OCR obtained corrective...

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Californian Sentenced to Prison for HIPAA Violation

[Editor’s note, August 9, 2010: Huping Zhou was the first person in the nation to receive jail time for a misdemeanor HIPAA offense—for accessing confidential records without a valid reason or authorization but not profiting from it through the sale or use of the information.] A former UCLA Health System employee became the first person in the nation to be sentenced to federal prison for violating HIPAA. Huping Zhou, 47, of Los...

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