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California steps up efforts to protect patient information; other states may follow

HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 24, 2009

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Beware, organizations with nosey hospital staff members: California is getting serious about eliminating patient privacy breaches, and other states may soon follow in its footsteps.

The September 30, 2008, passing of Assembly Bill 211 and Senate Bill 541 illustrates just how serious California lawmakers are about the increasing problem of staff snooping and the sharing of private information with others—sometimes for financial gain.

Editor’s note: For more information about staff snooping or to purchase a copy of this article for $10, visit the HCPro Web site. Subscribers to Briefings on HIPAA have access to this article in the March issue of the newsletter.

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