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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.

MEDICAL RECORDS DUMPED IN PUBLIC RECYCLE BIN

Several folders containing sensitive health information were found at a public recycling bin in Omaha, Nebraska. The folders contained addresses,… Read More

THOUSANDS OF PATIENT RECORDS FOUND IN LANDFILL

Four Boston-area hospitals are investigating a breach of patient confidentiality by an external, independent billing agency (e.g. business associate), which… Read More

HIPAA PHARMACY INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

The Office for Civil Rights this week confirmed that it is investigating Walgreens in relation to a four-year-old story involving… Read More

HEALTH DOCUMENTS STREWN IN PARKING LOT

According to the posting, a local TV Station has reported on two similar, yet unrelated, cases of casually discarded medical… Read More

RITE AID TO PAY $1 MILLION FOR IMPROPER DISPOSAL

According to a news release posted by Health and Human Services on July 27th, Rite Aid, the Pennsylvania-based national drug… Read More

PATIENT PRIVACY BREACHED

Recently two separate incidents in the Barstow/Chino Hills area of Southern California highlighted a careless attitude toward medical records shared… Read More

DOCTOR’S SON MISTAKENLY THREW OUT HUNDREDS OF MEDICAL RECORDS  

A doctor in Charlotte, North Carolina, has begun the process of notifying over 900 patients that their personal information may… Read More

STACKS OF MEDICAL RECORDS FOUND IN DUMPSTER OUTSIDE DOCTOR’S OFFICE

Local doctor David Brown improperly discarded patient records into a dumpster outside of his officer, leaving the records containing sensitive… Read More

INDIANA AG TO STORE ABANDONED MEDICAL RECORDS

Indianans gained some protection from identity thieves when the Indiana Attorney General’s office received the authority to store abandoned medical… Read More

DOCTORS LIABLE FOR EMPLOYEE BREACH

A recent article on the Modern Medicine website by David Goldberg, M.D., J.D. a doctor, researcher and lawyer, reminds doctors… Read More

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