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TX: Social Security Numbers Exposed On Hospital Bills

Lauren Grover reports in the Tyler Morning Telegraph: Some 2,000 medical bills were mailed around East Texas last week with patients’ Social Security numbers visible on the envelope after a technical glitch skewed billing at the collection agency used by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Chief Operating Officer Rob Marshall...

Hackers Breach System At UMass

Lesley Tanner of CBS reports: Hackers breached the computer system used by UMass Amherst’s Health Services, potentially gaining access to thousands of medical records. More than half of the student population at UMass Amherst are patients on record at the University Health Services. Though many of the most personal medical records are kept...

Snowe's genetic privacy bill wins support

The Portland Press Herald reports: Senate Democrats and Republicans struck a deal on Tuesday to consider landmark legislation protecting genetic privacy. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican, would prevent health insurance companies and employers from discriminating against those who could be predisposed to a disease or illness based on a genetic...

Doctors behaving badly harm all of our health

Dr. Edward V. Craig comments on msnbc.com: His words rushed back to me recently as I read on the Internet of two headline-grabbing instances where doctors appeared to have deeply violated patient trust. Last week, a Philippine hospital recommended possible dismissal of a group of surgeons and a nurse whose rowdy, unprofessional behavior...