Phoenix VA official may have broken privacy law

Rebekah L. Sanders reports:

The Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating whether a top employee in Phoenix violated patient-privacy law when he sent an e-mail to staffers about a veteran’s suicide highlighted in a political ad by U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

Glenn Costie, acting director of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, sent the e-mail Sept. 4, defending the hospital’s role in caring for Daniel Somers, an Iraq war veteran who took his own life last summer.

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