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Doctor's Files Found in Dumpster

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 13, 2010

A KMTV Action 3 News viewer found medical files in an Omaha, NE dumpster and delivered them to the station. Upon investigation, the news station discovered hundreds more files containing patients' Social Security numbers, addresses and personal health issues in the dumpster. The files date back to 2002 and were linked to one doctor who, when approached by KMTV Action 3 News, refused to comment. The station is holding the files and working with the federal Civil Rights Office as well as Nebraska's Attorney General to find out what should be done with them.
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