“Failing to collect payment for treatment, a medical group sent a patient to collections. In providing the unpaid bills to the collections attorney, practice staff failed to redact sensitive information. When the attorney filed the bills with the court as part of the collection action, the patient’s HIV status became public record. The patient sued the practice and won. The jury awarded $1.25 million in damages.”
What struck me in this recent Journal of AHIMA article, HIPAA Violation? Sue Me, wasn’t the unusual circumstances surrounding the transmission and use of patient info, but the numerous responses! Read about the many ways medical practices still violate the HIPAA Security and Privacy law through the reader’s eyes! Does your HIPAA training program truly cover all the bases?
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