HIPAA Investigation Continues at Walgreens

The investigation into the disposal of private information practices continues at Walgreens. The investigation stems from a story on WTHR in Indianapolis.

The station looked in the dumpsters of the top three pharmacies to see if they were properly disposing of their customers personal information. They must do so as part of the HIPAA shredding regulations.

They found that all three were dumping pill bottles and paper that was un-shredded. What was even more troubling was the pharmacies were notified of the problems but failed to fix them. The reporter returned and found the exact same HIPAA violations continued.

After the investigation by HHS, CVS settled for $2.25 million and Rite Aid settled for $1 million. The investigation into Walgreens continues according to HHS.

It is clear that the HHS is taking HIPAA violations very seriously. Shredding services can eliminate one security whole. Every month the shredding is done and a document of destruction generated. It is cheap insurance and still cheaper than paying employees to do the shredding.

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