[ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 ]
Shasta Regional Update:
Jeff [3:45 PM]
Prime Healthcare Services has apparently settled a privacy case
involving Shasta Regional Medical Center. The underlying case (previously noted here
) arose when the hospital was accused of treating an inordinately large number of patients for kwashiorkor, a malnutrition condition, including one particular patient who published her complaints in the media. Shasta shared some of the patient's PHI with reporters covering the story, in an effort to prove they were not in the wrong. Even if the PHI was already of public record because of the woman's disclosure, Shasta was still prohibited from further disclosure without the patient's authorization. The OCR settlement is apparently $275,000; Prime previously paid the State of California $95,000.
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