Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hospital Employee Indicted for Criminal HIPAA Violation

An East Texas hospital employee has been indicted for criminal violations of the Health Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales the East Texas District.

He was charged with “Wrongful Disclosure of Individually Identifiable Health Information” from December 1, 2012 through January 14, 2013. While an employee he obtained protected health information (PHI) with the intent to use the information for personal gain, according to the indictment.

"From December 1, 2012, through January 14, 2013, [he] obtained protected health information with the intent to use the information for personal gain." - Indictment document, US Attorney's office East Texas District
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Sources:
(a) FORMER HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR CRIMINAL HIPAA VIOLATIONS - www.Justice.gov, 07/03/2014

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