California fines Kaiser Permanente for violating Suleman's privacy

Raquel Maria Dillon of the Associated Press reports that California has fined Kaiser Permanente $250,000 because hospital employees inappropriately accessed medical records for octuplet mother Nadya Suleman when she was a patient at the Bellflower facility.

Although the fine is the first one passed under California’s new law boosting medical privacy, it is not the first fine incurred by Kaiser Permanente for violating patient privacy. In 2005, the state fined them $200,000 for exposing patient information on the web.

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