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Commissioner Investigating PSR

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

July 16, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis is investigating the Professional Services Review (PSR) to find out if it knowingly breached
guidelines by inappropriately using and not protecting data from the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Pharmaceutical
Benefits Scheme, reports The Australian. Commissioner Curtis told the newspaper that her office is "undertaking an own-motion
investigation into the Professional Services Review." A PSR spokeswoman said the commissioner has "asked PSR to respond to
some questions," however both parties refrained from further comment as the matter is "the subject of an investigation." PSR
is the Medicare system's investigative arm and is under orders to see that medical dollars are appropriately spent.
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