5 providers settle HIPAA violation allegations

The federal government settled five HIPAA offense investigations with doctor for a total of $136,500.
The Office for Civil Rights at HHS announced the following settlements on Sept. 15:
1. Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services consented to pay $70,000 to settle potential HIPAA offenses associated with an April 2019 complaint that an individual was unable to access her dads medical records. The OCR figured out BILHBS potentially violated HIPAAs right of access standard for medical records by not providing the medical records.
2. Housing Works, a New York City-based not-for-profit organization providing healthcare and other services to in-need individuals, will pay $38,000 after a June 2019 problem alleged the company stopped working to offer an individual a copy of his medical records. A 2nd problem was filed versus the company in August by the very same individual, who eventually got his medical records in November 2019.
3. All Inclusive Medical Services, a multispecialty family medicine clinic based in Carmichael, Calif., concurred to pay $15,000 after a January 2018 complaint declared it refused to provide a client her medical records. The client received her records in August 2020.
4. Wise Psychiatry, a Colorado-based psychiatric services service provider, consented to pay $10,000 after not providing a personal agent of a small patient access to her boys medical records in 2017. That grievance was eventually closed in April 2018, but the OCR received a 2nd problem in October 2018 that the individual still did not receive access to her childs medical records; she eventually got the records in May 2019.
5. King MD, a psychiatric services provider in Virginia, agreed to pay $3,500 after the OCR received a complaint in October 2018 that it did not react to a clients ask for medical records gain access to. The company received another grievance in February 2019 that the individual still didnt have access to the medical records; the medical records were eventually gotten in July 2020.
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The OCR figured out BILHBS potentially violated HIPAAs right of gain access to standard for medical records by not offering the medical records.
All Inclusive Medical Services, a multispecialty family medicine center based in Carmichael, Calif., concurred to pay $15,000 after a January 2018 complaint alleged it declined to offer a client her medical records. That complaint was ultimately closed in April 2018, but the OCR got a 2nd problem in October 2018 that the person still did not receive access to her childs medical records; she eventually got the records in May 2019.
The agency got another grievance in February 2019 that the person still didnt have access to the medical records; the medical records were ultimately received in July 2020.

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