Doctors not punished as severely as non-physicians in UCLA file-snooping HIPAA violations case

The following is an excerpt from an article originally published in the Los Angeles Times:

LOS ANGELES – Doctors who snooped into the medical records of pop star Britney Spears got off easier than non-physicians at UCLA hospitals, according to a published report.

The 13 non-physician staffers who improperly viewed Spears’ record were “suspended, dismissed, resigned or retired,” the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site Friday night.

But of the eight physicians who perused the singer’s records, three were suspended and five were reprimanded.

None of the doctors were fired.

“I can’t speculate as to why,” said Kathleen Billingsley, deputy director for the health department’s Center for Healthcare Quality.

The state health department’s findings were released in two reports Friday, and have been forwarded to city, county, state and federal authorities for possible prosecution and monetary penalties.

UCLA officials say physicians are overseen by their peers, while other employees are subject to the decisions of human resources. The public university also pledged to create a high-level committee to review policy and ensure fair disciplinary procedures, and improve computer systems in an effort to increase the security of patient records.

11-string bass instrumental version of Mario Brothers theme song, incredible bass guitar playing.

Awesome Super Mario Brothers theme played on an 11-string bass:

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This is the most impressive playing I have ever seen: