Health Information Management

Hospital slapped with second six-figure fine -- again

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 20, 2009

For the second time in two months, Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Hospital in Los Angeles County has been slapped with a six-figure fine for failing to secure electronic patient records from snooping employees.

Investigators say one of the eight employees caught in the latest security breach in April was also involved in the earlier breach in mid-March that involved Nadia Suleman, aka Octomom.

The California Department of Public Health Thursday issued a penalty of $187,500 after determining that KP Bellflower failed to prevent unauthorized access to confidential patient medical information. The state also fined the hospital $250,000 fine May 15 for violations in mid-March, when KP Bellflower notified the state that employees snooped through medical records belonging to Suleman, whose eight children were born at the hospital January 27.

Read the full story by HealthLeaders Media’s John Commins.

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