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Texas Hospital System To Pay $2.4M In HIPAA Deal

Law360, New York (May 10, 2017, 6:14 PM EDT) -- A Texas hospital chain has agreed to pay $2.4 million to the federal government to settle allegations that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by disclosing the name of a patient who used a false identification card to the public and media, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

Under HIPAA, Memorial Hermann Health System was allowed to disclose the patient’s identity to law enforcement, but not to the public. After going to the police, Memorial Hermann allegedly sent a...
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