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Refers to WHAT is protected — Health information about an individual and the determination of WHO is permitted to use, disclose, or access the information
June 21, 2010 What’s the Difference?: SECURITY Refers to HOW private information is safeguarded—Insuring privacy by controlling access to information and protecting it from inappropriate disclosure and accidental or intentional destruction or loss
CVS Pays $2.25 Million & Toughens Disposal Practices to Settle HIPAA Privacy Case
A case that involves the privacy of millions of health care consumers
On January 16, 2009 the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) reached agreement with CVS Pharmacy, Inc. to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
CVS agreed to pay $2.25 million and implement a detailed Corrective Action Plan to ensure that it will appropriately dispose of protected health information such as labels from prescription bottles and old prescriptions, related medical information and credit card information .
Authorization to Release Medical Information Written Authorization required to release medical information Physician or care team may share information with referring physician without an authorization “patient in common ” All legal requests for release of information should be forwarded to the HIPAA Compliance Office for review Must understand who is the legal next of kin