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Hospital Chain To Settle Suit for $275K

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA & U.S.

June 12, 2013

Canadian hospital chain Prime Healthcare has agreed to settle for $275,000 a U.S. federal investigation into alleged privacy violations. Los Angeles Times reports that Prime’s Shasta Regional Medical Center was accused of violating patient confidentiality by sharing a patient's medical records with journalists and e-mailing her treatment details to almost 800 hospital employees. While the company agreed to the settlement, it admitted no wrongdoing and claims it “would have prevailed in this matter based upon the merits.” California regulators fined Prime $95,000 for this breach last year, but the company says it plans to appeal that fine.
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