In A 1st, HHS Settles With County Gov't Over HIPAA Violations

Law360, Los Angeles (March 10, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT) -- Skagit County, Wash., on Friday agreed to pay $215,000 to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over an incident in which it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accoutnability Act by exposing patient history on a public website, the first settlement of its kind.

The payment ends a scuttle in which the county government is accused to exposing the types of procedures patients had on a website that was unintentionally public and searchable on Google, in a violation of HIPAA's Privacy, Security...
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