tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2009 Issue 24

HIPAA SECURITY: Med Students Need Privacy Training, Caught Posting Unprofessional Messages

Incidents spark crackdown on patient privacy violations. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, today's medical students have a lot to learn -- all that anatomy and saving lives stuff. But medical schools and teaching hospitals should add some PHI training to the curriculum if they want to keep the facility out of HIPAA trouble. "Many U.S. medical schools have had cases of medical students posting unprofessional content online, including incidents where patient confidentiality was violated," says U.S. News & World Report. Medical schools across the country report instances when med students had posted...

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