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  THIS JUST IN May 13, 2010  
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HIPAA violations result in prison sentence

A former UCLA Healthcare System employee was sentenced to 4 months in federal prison for violating HIPAA privacy provisions, making him the first person to receive a prison sentence for HIPAA privacy violations.


Helping patients at discharge and beyond

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers the new guide Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital for use by hospital staff and patients during the discharge process to help patients care for themselves after returning home.


Bar-code technology reduces medication errors

The use of bar-code verification technology can substantially decrease transcription and medication administration errors in hospitals, according to recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


What did we learn from H1N1?

Government agencies and others are examining their response to the virus and looking at how to handle future public health challenges.



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Janet A. Urbanowicz PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, and Gail Taylor AAS, CCM

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