Dept. of Public Health Fines ‘Octomom’s’ Hospital


The Kaiser Permanente hospital where octuplets were born in January has been fined $187,500 by the California Department of Public Health for failing to protect the family’s medical privacy, reported BBC News. This is the second fine for the hospital involving this case.

Back in January, Nadya Suleman gained worldwide attention for giving birth to eight babies.

During that time, Kaiser Permanente conducted an investigation, which concluded that 27 people had looked at either Suleman’s or her newborns’ documents without authorization. As a result, two employees were fired, nine were disciplined and 16 resigned.

In May, the hospital was fined $250,000 because staff reviewed Suleman’s records inappropriately. Furthermore, the hospital will now have to pay $187,500 for similar breaches involving the babies’ privacy.

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