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Patient Breaches Tripled Since February

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 15, 2010

The number of entities that have reported major patient information breaches to HHS' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) nearly tripled in four months, reports iHealthBeat. As of June 11, the OCR's Web site listed 93 breaches, up from 32 in February. Nearly 20 percent of the reported breaches involved business associates of HIPAA-covered entities, and 10 of the breaches involved entities classified as a "private practice," the report states. The OCR says it will soon post the names of private practices due to the "routine use" provision in the Privacy Act, which does not require prior consent. The economic stimulus package requires the OCR to publicize breach notifications involving 500 people or more.  
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