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Schwarzenegger approves new patient privacy legislation

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 6, 2008

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation creating an oversight office to police patient privacy and increasing potential fines for violations, The Los Angeles Times reported October 1.
The bills, AB 211 and SB 541, came in the aftermath of recent incidents at UCLA Medical Center that compromised the privacy of several celebrity patients, including California First Lady Maria Shriver, according to the article. California may now impose fines of up to $250,000 for multiple privacy violations.
"Your private medical information shouldn't be flapping in the breeze like an open hospital gown," assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento), author of bill AB 211, told The Los Angeles Times.
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