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  • Office for Civil Rights Settles Fifteenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

    Office for Civil Rights Settles Fifteenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces its fifteenth settlement of an enforcement action in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative to support individuals’ right to timely access their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Renown Health, P.C., a private, not-for-profit health system in Nevada, has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $75,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access standard. In February 2019, OCR received a complaint alleging that Renown Health failed to timely respond to a patient’s request that an electronic copy of her protected health information, inc...
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  • NTSB Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion | site |




    (Information contained in National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] press release dated: January 12, 2021)

    Washington (Jan. 12, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued 14 safety recommendations during a board meeting held Tuesday in which the agency determined the probable cause for the Feb. 23, 2018, natural gas explosion in a Dallas, TX, home. One person died and four others were injured in the explosion at 3534 Espanola Drive, that caused major structural damage to the one-story residence. The NTSB determined that the ignition of an accumulation of natural gas that leaked from the gas main that was damaged during a sewer replacement project 23 years earlier, led to the explosion. Atmos Energy Corporation failed to detect the leak when responding to related incidents at two other homes on th...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table

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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table | site |



    (November 18, 2020) - - On November 18, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:


    FDA Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table


    New tool will communicate outbreak investigations in early stages



    November 18, 2020

    Statement From:
    Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response - Food and Drug Administration
    Frank Yiannas

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is committed to transparency and keeping the public and stakeholders informed of our work upholding the safety of our food supply. As part of this continued commitment, today we are releasing a new tool to communicate foodborne illness outbreak information frequently and as soon as the FDA begins an outbreak investigation – prior to a public health advisory or recall of a certain
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  • IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report - - - identifies 2.3 Billion Dollars in Tax Fraud

    IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report; identifies $2.3 Billion in Tax Fraud | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released the Criminal Investigation Division's annual report, highlighting the agency's successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2020, the majority of which occurred during COVID-19. A key achievement was the identification of over $10 billion in tax fraud and other financial crimes. "The special agents and professional staff who make up Criminal Investigation continue to perform at an incredibly high-level year after year," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Even in the face of a global pandemic, the CI workforce initiated nearly 1,600 investigations and identified $2.3 billion in tax fraud schemes. This is no small feat during a challenging year, and their w
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  • FCC Reaches 200 Million Dollars Settlement in Sprint Lifeline Investigation

    FCC Reaches 200 Million Dollars Settlement in Sprint Lifeline Investigation

    Federal Communications Commission Reaches $200 Million Settlement in Sprint Lifeline Investigation | site |



    FCC says T-Mobile will pay $200 Million Civil Penalty to Resolve Sprint Lifeline Investigation

    Largest Fixed-Amount Penalty To Be Paid in Commission History



    (November 4, 2020) - - On November 4, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information:

    WASHINGTON, November 4, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau today announced that T-Mobile will pay a $200 million penalty to the U.S. Treasury to resolve an investigation of its subsidiary Sprint’s compliance with the Commission’s rules regarding waste, fraud, and abuse in the Lifeline program for low-income consumers. The payment is the largest fixed-amount settlement the Commission has ever secured to resolve an investigation. The settlement comes after an Enforcement Bureau investigation into...
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  • OCR Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

    OCR Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

    Office for Civil Rights Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative | site |


    (November 6, 2020) - - On November 6, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that it has settled its tenth enforcement action in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative as an enforcement priority in 2019 to support individuals' right to timely access to their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Riverside Psychiatric Medical Group (“RPMG”) has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $25,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule's right of access standard. RPMG, based in Riverside, California, is a group practice specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, psychology, and substance use disor...
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Issues 4 Safety Recommendations Based on Investigation of USS Fitzgerald Collision

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 4 Safety Recommendations Based on Investigation of USS Fitzgerald Collision| site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - Today, September 3, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 3, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued Thursday four safety recommendations in its final report on the agency’s investigation of the fatal, June 17, 2017, collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the container ship ACX Crystal.

    The collision happened shortly after the 504.5 foot-long, US Navy destroyer Fitzgerald, with 315 people on board, departed its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, bound for the Philippines. The Fitzgerald was traveling southbound at about 22 knots in the bay of Sagami Nada off Japan’s Honshu Island, while the 730 foot-long, Philippine-flag, container ship ACX Crystal with 21 people on board was traveling east-northeast
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  • 10 NTSB Safety Recommendations Issued Following Incident Investigation Preliminary Findings

    10 National Transportation Safety Board Safety Recommendations Issued Following Incident Investigation Preliminary Findings| site |


    (January 29, 2020) - - Today (January 29, 2020), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: Based on preliminary findings from its ongoing investigation of an incident involving an Embraer-175 airplane, the NTSB issued 10 safety recommendations Wednesday to address safety issues identified in the investigation. The NTSB issued six safety recommendations to the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) and four to the Federal Aviation Administration. The recommendations are designed to address areas of concern including wire chafing, application of Embraer service bulletins relating to the pitch trim switch, and potential limitations in checklist memory items for pilots to address unintended operation of the pitch trim system. The investigation and recommendations stem from a Nov. 6, 2019, incident ...
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Releases Preliminary Report on South Dakota Crash Investigation

    National Transportation Safety Board Releases Preliminary Report on South Dakota Crash Investigation| site |



    (December 17, 2019) - - Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    ​WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2019) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary report Tuesday for its investigation of the Nov. 30, 2019, crash of a Pilatus PC12 in Chamberlain, South Dakota, which killed the pilot and eight passengers and injured three others.

    The airplane was registered to Conrad & Bischoff, Inc., and operated by the pilot as a personal flight from Chamberlain Municipal Airport destined for Idaho Falls Regional Airport, Idaho.

    According to preliminary data recovered from the data recorder installed on the airplane, the accident takeoff began from runway 31 about 12:31 p.m. central standard time. The airplane immediately rolled about 10 degrees to the left after
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Investigation Notice - Outbreak of Multidrug - Resistant Campylobacter Infections Linked to Pet Store P

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Investigation Notice - Outbreak of Multidrug - Resistant Campylobacter Infections Linked to Pet Store P| site |




    (December 18, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC investigation announcement of a multistate outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni infections linked to puppies purchased from pet stores has been posted: https://www.cdc.gov/campylobacter/ou...-19/index.html

    Key points:
    • CDC and public health officials in several states are investigating an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter jejuni infections that has sickened 30 people in 13 states.
    • Four people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
    • Interviews with ill people and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with puppies, especially those from pet stores, is the source of this outbreak.
    • This investigation is ongoing. CDC will
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces Investigation of E. Coli for Leafy Greens

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces Investigation of E. Coli for Leafy Greens | site |



    (December 12, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    CDC has identified a new outbreak of E. coli infections linked to leafy greens, with cases in the United States and Canada. Data indicates that Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp salads are a likely source of this outbreak. Look for information identifying this product on the front of the package and do not eat, serve, or sell it.

    A CDC food safety alert about this investigation has been posted:
    https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/o157h7-12-19/index.html

    Key points:
    • CDC, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several states, is investigating an outbreak of eight coli O157:H7 infections in three states: Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
    - - - Canada has reported 16 people infected
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  • National Transportation Safety Board issues 6 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Hydrogen Release, Fire

    National Transportation Safety Board issues 6 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Hydrogen Release, Fire | site |



    (November 19, 2019) - - Today (November 19, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: The National Transportation Safety Board issued Hazardous Materials Incident Report 19/02, Tuesday, following its investigation of the Feb. 11, 2018, release of compressed hydrogen and subsequent fire in Diamond Bar, California. No injuries were reported in connection with the incident but approximately 1,500 people were evacuated and resulting damages were estimated at $175,000. An Air Products tube trailer with a mounted Structural Composite Industries model CT-250 tube trailer module with 25 cylinders, 24 of which were fully loaded with compressed hydrogen, caught fire while being transported on Golden Springs Drive, Diamond Bar. The incident happened when an incorrect pressure relief device in
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  • Update on National Transportation Safety Board Investigation Into Fatal Crash of Pilatus PC-12 Airplane in South Dakota

    Update on National Transportation Safety Board Investigation Into Fatal Crash of Pilatus PC-12 Airplane in South Dakota | site |



    (December 2, 2019) - - Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: The National Transportation Safety Board released the following factual information Monday about the agency’s ongoing investigation into Saturday’s fatal crash of a Pilatus PC-12 airplane in Chamberlain, South Dakota. The crash occurred at about 12:30 p.m. CST shortly after departure from Chamberlain Municipal Airport. Nine of the 12 occupants of the airplane suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The three survivors were injured. The pilot and passengers arrived in Chamberlain on Friday, Nov. 29 at about 9:30 a.m. CST for an annual pheasant hunting trip. Shortly after arrival, the pilot purchased 150 gallons of Jet A fuel from an automated fuel pump. The airplane remained parked on the airport ramp until the accid
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Investigation Update of a Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Investigation Update of a Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections | site |



    (November 27, 2019) - - Today (November 27, 2019), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC investigation update of a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections has been posted: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/o157h7-11-19/index.html .

    What is new:
    • CDC continues to advise consumers and retailers not to eat, sell or serve lettuce grown in the Salinas, Calif., growing region.
    • Since the last update on November 22, an additional 27 ill people have been reported, bringing to the total to 67 cases in 19 states.
    • A total of 39 hospitalizations have been reported. Six people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.
    • Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence collected to date indicate that
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  • Centers for Disease Control Investigation Update of E. coli 0157 H7 Infections Now Linked to Romaine Lettuce

    Centers for Disease Control Investigation Update of E. coli 0157 H7 Infections Now Linked to Romaine Lettuce | site |



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    November 22, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC investigation notice of a multistate outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 infections has been posted: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/o157h7-11-19/index.html

    What is new:
    • Consumers should not eat and retailers and restaurants should not sell or serve any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, Calif. growing region.
    • This advice includes all types of romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, Caesar salad, and organic romaine.
    • If you have romaine lettuce at your home or restaurant and the label says “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name
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    Office for Civil Rights Settles Fifteenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative
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    Office for Civil Rights Settles Fifteenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces its fifteenth settlement of an enforcement action in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative to support individuals’ right to timely access their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Renown Health, P.C., a private, not-for-profit health system in Nevada, has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $75,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access standard. In February 2019, OCR received a complaint alleging that Renown Health failed to timely respond to a patient’s request that an electronic copy of her protected health information, inc...
    02-10-2021, 06:58 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NTSB Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion | site |




    (Information contained in National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] press release dated: January 12, 2021)

    Washington (Jan. 12, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued 14 safety recommendations during a board meeting held Tuesday in which the agency determined the probable cause for the Feb. 23, 2018, natural gas explosion in a Dallas, TX, home. One person died and four others were injured in the explosion at 3534 Espanola Drive, that caused major structural damage to the one-story residence. The NTSB determined that the ignition of an accumulation of natural gas that leaked from the gas main that was damaged during a sewer replacement project 23 years earlier, led to the explosion. Atmos Energy Corporation failed to detect the leak when responding to related incidents at two other homes on th...
    01-20-2021, 03:15 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table | site |



    (November 18, 2020) - - On November 18, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:


    FDA Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table


    New tool will communicate outbreak investigations in early stages



    November 18, 2020

    Statement From:
    Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response - Food and Drug Administration
    Frank Yiannas

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is committed to transparency and keeping the public and stakeholders informed of our work upholding the safety of our food supply. As part of this continued commitment, today we are releasing a new tool to communicate foodborne illness outbreak information frequently and as soon as the FDA begins an outbreak investigation – prior to a public health advisory or recall of a certain
    ...
    11-19-2020, 11:13 AM
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    IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report - - - identifies 2.3 Billion Dollars in Tax Fraud
    by Staff Reporter 1
    IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report; identifies $2.3 Billion in Tax Fraud | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released the Criminal Investigation Division's annual report, highlighting the agency's successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2020, the majority of which occurred during COVID-19. A key achievement was the identification of over $10 billion in tax fraud and other financial crimes. "The special agents and professional staff who make up Criminal Investigation continue to perform at an incredibly high-level year after year," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Even in the face of a global pandemic, the CI workforce initiated nearly 1,600 investigations and identified $2.3 billion in tax fraud schemes. This is no small feat during a challenging year, and their w
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    11-16-2020, 08:10 PM
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    FCC Reaches 200 Million Dollars Settlement in Sprint Lifeline Investigation
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission Reaches $200 Million Settlement in Sprint Lifeline Investigation | site |



    FCC says T-Mobile will pay $200 Million Civil Penalty to Resolve Sprint Lifeline Investigation

    Largest Fixed-Amount Penalty To Be Paid in Commission History



    (November 4, 2020) - - On November 4, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information:

    WASHINGTON, November 4, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau today announced that T-Mobile will pay a $200 million penalty to the U.S. Treasury to resolve an investigation of its subsidiary Sprint’s compliance with the Commission’s rules regarding waste, fraud, and abuse in the Lifeline program for low-income consumers. The payment is the largest fixed-amount settlement the Commission has ever secured to resolve an investigation. The settlement comes after an Enforcement Bureau investigation into...
    11-09-2020, 10:18 PM

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