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Hospital Settles for $865,000

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 8, 2011

UCLA Health System has agreed to pay an $865,000 settlement for potential violations of federal privacy laws after hospital employees allegedly looked at certain celebrities' medical records, reports the Associated Press. The settlement follows a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigation, which concluded that hospital employees accessed the records between 2005 and 2008. The hospital has agreed to a three-year corrective plan, to be overseen by a federal monitor. In a statement, UCLA said, over the "past three years, we have worked diligently to strengthen our staff training, implement enhanced data security systems and increase our auditing capabilities."
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