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Top L.a. County Public Health Official Announces He's Retiring








Health Care Information Breaches rise





Fielding director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, speaks during a press conference at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles in September. (Al Seib / September 12, 2013) Also March 27, 2014, 12:26 p.m. The head of Los Angeles County's public health department has announced his intention to retire. In a letter sent to department employees Thursday, department director Jonathan Fielding wrote, "After considerable thought, I have decided to leave County service when a successor, whom I understand will be identified through a nationwide executive search, is ready to assume the post." He did not explain the reasons for his departure, but said he plans to "return to UCLA to help train future health leaders and do research on how we can be even more effective." Fielding was appointed to the post in 2006. He is one of the highest-paid county department heads, with a salary of $309,494. The public health department has about 4,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $750 million. It is tasked with a wide range of health and safety measures, including inspecting restaurants, investigating disease outbreaks and running a network of public health clinics. Fielding cited a series of public health department accomplishments in his letter, including building a "state-of-the-art public health laboratory" and new public health centers, reducing food-borne illness through the restaurant grading program and securing a $600-million court judgment to reduce the threat of lead poisoning to low-income residents. <br> http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-county-public-health-director-20140327,0,4215018.story









Medical identity theft kicks other forms of ID theft to the curb: banking, finance, government, military and education. Fraudsters invade health data to illegally obtain prescription drugs, services or devices and to get insurance reimbursements. Making the situation stiffer is the Affordable Care Act, as the implementation of federal and state health insurance exchanges involved malfunctioning online marketplaces. Plus, the Act promotes digitizing medical records, and you know what that means. What about an honor system? HIPAAHealth Insurance Portability http://shannonhobrown.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/painless-alex-simring-solutions-uncovered/ and Accountability Act (now you know why its not HIPPA)and the HITECH Act define what health care providers must do to protect patient privacy. Violations of these acts can net stiff fines including up to 10 years prison time. However, HIPAA has exceptions, such as public health activities and health oversight activities in which confidential information is shared. <br> Health Care Information Breaches rise



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