Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CVS HIPAA privacy settlement announced

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced [in a press release] that CVS, the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain, will pay the U.S. government a $2.25 million settlement and take corrective action to ensure it does not violate the privacy of its millions of patients when disposing of patient information such as identifying information on pill bottle labels."

Here are the new government FAQs on the proper disposal of protected health information media. A word to the wise . . .

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