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After Blues HIPAA settlement, more work to do: privacy experts
Modern Healthcare

The first-ever penalties stemming from enforcement of the HITECH Act’s breach-notification rule are drawing mixed reviews from data-privacy advocates, who say federal regulators’ $1.5 million settlement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee seems unlikely to halt healthcare companies’ lax treatment of patient data.

“This is not about breach notification, it’s about security,” said Twila Brase, a registered nurse and president of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom in St. Paul, Minn.

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