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University of California
Patient Records Privacy Breaches – HHS Investigation
Date: 07/07/2011 (Date of Settlement Announcement)
Misconduct Type: Other
Enforcement Agency: Health and Human Servs.
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: N/A
Synopsis: Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the University of California at Los Angeles Health System (UCLAHS) settled potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) for $865,500 and an agreement to implement a corrective action plan. The settlement resolved complaints filed on behalf of two celebrity patients who alleged that UCLAHS employees repeatedly and without permission looked at their private medical records. HHS’s investigation revealed that, from 2005 to 2008, unauthorized employees repeatedly looked at the records of numerous other patients. See related University of California instance, “Patient Records Privacy Breaches”.