July 12, 2010
New Privacy Rules Proposed for Health Care Partners
A proposed federal rule would subject billing companies,
customer service contractors and other related businesses that regularly handle
private health records to severe fines for unauthorized disclosure of patient
information, Reuters reports. Maximum civil penalties would be $50,000 per
violation and $1.5 million per year. Physicians, hospitals and insurance
companies are already subject to similar rules. The Department of Health and
Human Services proposed the new rule as an extension of the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act.
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