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Hospital, vendors face $4.1 million class action settlement

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 14, 2014

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Stanford Hospital & Clinics in California and two of its vendors could pay more than $4.1 million to settle a class action lawsuit that stems from HIPAA violations, San Jose Mercury News reported.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge tentatively approved the settlement March 19, 2014. Shana Springer filed suit against the hospital and its vendors, Multi-Specialty Collection Services LLC and Corcino & Associates LLC in September 2011.

In an October 2011 post, HIPAA Update reported that the hospital released a notice stating that its vendor posted an electronic file that included certain patient information on a student homework website. The file included PHI of more than 20,000 patients treated at the hospital’s ED from March 1, 2009, through August 31, 2009.

This article originally appeared on HCPro’s HIPAA Update blog. Stay up to date on all things HIPAA by signing up for e-mail updates from this blog.

 



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