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UCLAHS Settles Potential HIPAA Violations for $865,500

Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2011

A UCLAHS official said the employees cited in the investigation received some level of discipline but did not specify further.

UCLAHS released a statement today saying it "considers patient confidentiality a critical part of our mission of patient care, teaching and research. Over the past three years, we have worked diligently to strengthen our staff training, implement enhanced data security systems and increase our auditing capabilities."

The Los Angeles health system -- which includes 12,000 employees and 856 beds at its three licensed facilities and also 90 clinics -- says it worked collaboratively with OCR and "continues to take measures to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to protecting our patients’ privacy."

“Our patients’ health, privacy and well-being are of paramount importance to us,” Dr. David T. Feinberg, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, said in the statement. “We appreciate the involvement and recommendations made by OCR in this matter and will fully comply with the plan of correction it has formulated. We remain vigilant and proactive to ensure that our patients’ rights continue to be protected at all times.”


Dom Nicastro is a contributing writer. He edits the Medical Records Briefings newsletter and manages the HIPAA Update Blog.

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