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Physicians Ensnared in Data Breaches
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Last month, the names of "private practices" reporting breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting more than 500 people were revealed when the Office for Civil Rights, the enforcer of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, lifted the veil of anonymity on the entities. Many would rather remain anonymous. But for physicians who were involved in breaches, there are lessons learned, especially for small practices.[Read More]
  August 05, 2010

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