Feds Fine Idaho Hospice

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A north Idaho hospice has been slapped with a $50,000 fine after the theft of a laptop that contained patient information.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Hospice of North Idaho insists there is no evidence patient information has been accessed because of the theft, but the caregiver has agreed to pay the fine, settling claims from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The laptop was taken in a 2010 break-in of a hospice employee's vehicle.

The Press reports that the hospice has since hired new information technology experts, replacing previously outsourced services.

Additionally, the hospice has identified and contacted clients whose information could have been compromised. The hospice has offered some free services to those clients or their families.

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