HIPAA Protections Apply Even When a Crime is Involved

The Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) in Houston learned an expensive lesson when it was fined $2.4 million for publicly naming an imposter seeking care at one of its facilities (National Law Review). The patient allegedly presented false identification while attempting to receive care at one of its clinics. MHHS reported the incident, disclosing PHI...

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Can Amazon Really Drive Employer Rx Costs Down?

Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods has increased speculation that the online giant is preparing to enter the prescription drug market. Some, like CNBC, think Amazon will disrupt the industry, lowering costs for consumer and profits for retails chains, independents, and pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs). US Rx Problem US drug spending reached $450 billion in...

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