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Kaiser Permanente to pay $49M after investigators found syringes, medical records in trash

Kaiser Permanente, the largest healthcare provider in California, will pay up to $49 million to settle allegations that it violated HIPAA by improperly disposing medical records and hazardous waste. The settlement concludes an eight-year investigation. Kaiser will also retain an independent third-party auditor for five years to perform audits to ensure compliance with waste disposal regulations and handling of patient health information.

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