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3 Massachusetts hospitals fined nearly $1 million by OCR for HIPAA violations

Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital have settled with the Office of Civil Rights for $999,000 for compromising patient privacy during the filming of an ABC documentary. The hospitals will implement staff training and develop policies and procedures around photography and recording. This is the second HIPAA settlement involving improper filming, with New York-Presbyterian Hospital settling for $2.2 million in 2016. The Office of Civil Rights stated that hospitals must obtain patient authorization before allowing film crews access to patients and their medical information.

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