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Unit 4 DB 4 - apregnantwomanlo

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UMC FBI Investigation of HIPPA Violation  More than 100 people have been notified by University Medical Center that their personal information might have been  compromised and the center has suspended six of its staff members under this charge and also for their casual treatment of  a pregnant woman looking for help in the emergency room.  Under the investigation it came out that Roshunda Abney, 25, was ignored for so long at the hospital that she went home  and gave birth to a premature baby that later died. Others who were in the waiting room supported Abney and her fianc? that  they were ignored for several hours until they finally left (HIPAA Compliance Journal, 2008).  In response to the second investigation, UMC sent out more than 100 notification letters letting people know their personal  information might have been illegally shared with others. The 100 letters sent out notify 71 patients who used the hospital's  Trauma Center Oct. 31 or Nov. 1 and people who accompanied the patients and provided personal information to the  hospital. Those getting the letters have been offered free credit monitoring for a year as compensation. A second letter will  be sent in the next couple of days explaining how to use the service now that the contract is complete (HIPAA Compliance  Journal, 2008).  The FBI has launched an investigation into the violations of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,  (HIPAA) - which includes penalties of up to $250,000 in fines and 10 years in jail. "The FBI feels that they have made some  progress in the investigation - they don't exactly keep us daily updated - but we do feel that they are handling the 
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Unit 4 DB 4 - apregnantwomanlo

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