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HIPPA violation leads to defrayal of $1M by Massachutes

The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will settle down all the potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule U.S by paying the government $1 million as advised by Department of Health and Human Services. This case of a patient whose personal health information was lost an year ago, filed a case on the hospital for desecration of the personal information. The General Hospital Corporation and Massachusetts General Physicians Organisation Inc. has now agreed upon a set of policies and procedures in an HHS Office for Civil Rights investigation, an entity that enforces the law’s privacy rules. The agency records the information including names, medical record numbers, date of birth, health insurer and policy numbers, diagnosis and names of providers for 66 of the patients.This has acted as a wakeup call for the health care industry to recognize the entity’s responsibility in order to guarantee a patient’s health information in future as stated by Georgina Verdugo, director of OCR. “We hope the health care industry will take a close look at this agreement and recognize that OCR is serious about HIPAA enforcement. It is a covered entity’s responsibility to protect its patients’ health information”, said in prepared remarks.

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