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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.

Baptist Hospital Employee Arrested after Medical Files Found

WFMY News 2 – Winston-Salem, North Carolina  June 3, 2011- An ex-employee of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center employee was… Read More

Patient Records Make Way to Recycling Bin

The Ledger May 6, 2011- Records containing up to 60 social security numbers were found in a recycling bin in… Read More

HIPAA Enforcement Training Provided to States’ Attorneys General

The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced special training for States’ AGs to encourage use of their… Read More

HHS Imposes a $4.3 Million Penalty for HIPAA Violations

Health and Human Service Feb. 22, 2011 The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a Notice of Final… Read More

Milton, Carney Hospital Records Found at Dump in Georgetown Aug. 13, 2010 Thousands of records from four area hospitals were found at local dump, exposing sensitive patient data.… Read More

NAID-Canada Dumpster Study Leads to National Media Coverage

Toronto Sun Oct. 28, 2010 A NAID-Canada investigation into the amount of confidential information available in commercial dumpsters led to… Read More

States’ Attorneys General to Undergo HIPAA/HITECH Training

Health and Human Services Dec. 10, 2009 Health and Human Services has asked the General Services Administration (GSA) to contract… Read More

Insurer Agrees to Pay $55,000 for Data Breach

The Vermont Attorney General’s office announced that a Connecticut based insurer, Health Net and Health Net of the Northeast, would… Read More

Medical Marijuana Records Found Near Dumpster – Denver, CO Dec. 29, 2010 The Apothecary of Colorado, a medical marijuana dispensary located in Denver, is under… Read More

Georgia Doctor’s Office in Trouble over Discarded Records

WSB Atlanta Nov. 10, 2010 There has seen some fairly intense coverage of a story out of Georgia related to… Read More

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