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HIPAA Violation Results in Criminal Conviction and Prison Sentence

As Dr. Huping Zhou recently discovered, being a pioneer is not always a good thing. On April 27, 2010, Zhou, a forty-seven-year-old cardiothoracic surgeon from China and a former UCLA Healthcare System employee, became the first person in the nation to be convicted and sent to prison for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"). Health care providers need to be aware that the civil and criminal penalties provided by HIPAA can be quite severe even for violations that do not involve the disclosure of protected health information ("PHI") to third parties...

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