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properPHIdisposal regularly posts summaries of news items that convey the importance of proper PHI disposal and the risks associated with improper disposal. When possible, all paraphrased news items will credit the source of the information and provide links to the originating content.

Visitors are encouraged to return to PHI News periodically to stay abreast of the latest trends in related legislation and enforcement of HIPAA's new data protection requirements.

Florida IT and privacy experts recommend shredding anything you don’t need

ORLANDO, Fla. – With tax season here, many consumers are sorting through plenty of documents loaded with personal information. Experts… Read More

An Alabama man finds medical records from Virginia while collecting wood

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A good Samaritan in the Shoals found medical records from a doctor’s office out of state.… Read More

A California hospital contacts 57,000 patients about a recent data breach

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Stanford University School of Medicine are notifying about 57,000 patients… Read More

The updated HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule tightens the data breach liability risks for companies

A change to the federal HIPAA rule adds security requirements for health care software developers and data backup services, classified… Read More

Medical records were found in a dumpster outside a Colorado dentist’s office

AURORA, Colo. — It’s personal information we vigorously protect. We know in the wrong hands—our social security number and birth… Read More

Former owners owe $140,000 in HIPAA fines for trashing medical records in a Mass public dump

Former owners of a medical billing practice and four pathology groups in Massachusetts will collectively pay $140,000 to settle potential… Read More

A Florida man stole info in a scheme that accessed the records of 12,000 hospital patients

A Davenport man has admitted helping a husband-and-wife team steal personal information in a scheme that accessed the records of… Read More

HHS announces the first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients.

Hospice of North Idaho settles HIPAA security case for $50,000 The Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) has agreed to pay… Read More