Heart Surgery Center Inks HIPAA Settlement With HHS

Law360, New York (April 17, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT) -- A heart surgery practice in Arizona will pay $100,000 to settle claims it violated patient privacy laws, federal officials said Tuesday, potentially marking a small step toward beefed-up enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

A whistleblower first raised red flags about Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, saying it posted a publicly accessible calendar of appointments online, and investigators with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said they subsequently found additional violations.

According to the agency, Phoenix failed to safeguard patient information, lacked documentation...
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