Health Information Management

CVS works on patient privacy improvements following fine

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 8, 2009

CVS Caremark Corp., parent company of the national's largest pharmacy chain, has implemented a chain-wide shredding program in light of the $2.25 million fine handed down in February by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Trade Commission for potential breaches of millions of patient records.

In its 2008 annual report released May 5 titles Improving Outcomes: 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, CVS says, "We are committed to being an industry leader in privacy matters and place a high priority on protecting our customers' private information."

Officials at CVS declined to speak when contacted by HealthLeaders Media, but the report outlines a shredding program that critics said should have prevented the February breach.

Read the full story by HealthLeaders Media’s Dom Nicastro.

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