October HIPAA Fines: NY Spine Medicine Fined $100,000
Oct 9, 2020 – OCR announced that it had reached a settlement with NY Spine Medicine for the organization’s failure to comply with the right of access standard. The OCR began its investigation into NY Spine Medicine after a patient issued a complaint that the organization failed to provide her with her requested medical records.
Although the right of access standard requires healthcare providers to provide patients with copies of their medical records within 30 days of the request, NY Spine failed to provide the records until OCR’s involvement, 15 months after the patient’s first request.
As a result, NY Spine Medicine agreed to a HIPAA settlement that includes a $100,000 fine, two years of OCR monitoring, and the requirement to adopt a CAP.
“No one should have to wait over a year to get copies of their medical records. HIPAA entitles patients to timely access to their records and we will continue our stepped up enforcement of the right of access until covered entities get the message,” said Roger Severino, OCR Director.
Read more about NY Spine Medicine’s violations and the settlement here.
October HIPAA Fines: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Fined $160,000
Oct 7, 2020 – St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center agreed to an OCR settlement to settle right of access violations. After a woman complained that she had not received copies of her son’s medical records, issuing seven separate requests for the records, the OCR began its investigation. After OCR’s involvement, she received the requested copies, 22 months after her initial request.
To settle HIPAA violations, St. Joseph agreed to a $160,000 fine, two years of OCR monitoring, and the requirement to adopt a CAP.
“It shouldn’t take a federal investigation to secure access to patient medical records, but too often that’s what it takes when health care providers don’t take their HIPAA obligations seriously. OCR has many right of access investigations open across the country, and will continue to vigorously enforce this right to better empower patients,” said Roger Severino, OCR Director.
Read more about St. Joseph’s violations and the settlement here.