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Report: State Law Doesn't Cover Disposal of Personal Records

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 7, 2010

An ABC News investigation in Florida has revealed examples of private medical records that businesses have thrown away unshredded, including lab results, prescriptions, names and addresses. Though federal laws require doctors to safeguard patients' private medical records, there are no laws in Florida that hold businesses accountable for careless disposal of personal information, the report states. "At the state level in terms of the disposal of records, there really isn't any guidance there," said State Rep. Kevin Ambler. "Unfortunately, the HIPPA laws haven't got a lot of teeth in them in terms of enforcement mechanisms."
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