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Calif. hospitals fined for snooping problems
Modern Healthcare

Six hospitals and one nursing home in California have been fined a total of $792,500 for failing to prevent snooping into patients’ medical records.

The penalties stem from two laws signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008 after a rash of high-profile cases of hospital workers peeking at celebrities’ medical records. Medical facilities can be fined $25,000 per patient medical information breach, and an additional $17,500 for each subsequent breach of each patient’s medical data.