Health Information Management

Rite Aid to pay $1 million for potential patient privacy breaches

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 3, 2010

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Rite Aid Corporation could have avoided a $1 million fine by simply enforcing its HIPAA policies and procedures and providing ongoing staff training, experts say.

Rite Aid, of East Pennsboro Township, PA, and its 40 affiliated entities agreed to pay the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1 million for potential HIPAA privacy violations in a settlement announced by HHS July 27.
 
An investigation by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which enforces the HIPAA privacy and security rules for HHS, revealed the pharmacies disposed pill bottles and prescriptions that included protected health information (PHI) in trash containers without proper safeguards.
 
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