Dentist ordered to settle $12K for violating HIPAA

A former dental practitioner in Indianapolis recently was ordered by the state’s dental board to pay $12,000 after he was found guilty of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), WTHR reported on January 10.

An investigation revealed that Joseph Beck improperly disposed of five dozen boxes at a church parking lot containing sensitive information of about 6,000 patients. Patients’ personal information, including their medical histories, credit card and Social Security numbers, were stored in the dumped boxes. The Attorney General’s Office notified the patients of the possible privacy breach after the boxes were taken into custody. Beck, whose dental license was revoked in 2011 due to negligence and fraudulent activities, agreed to settle the fine imposed on him.

The Indiana lawyers of the Hankey Law Office understand that HIPAA breaches can result in disabled individuals and their beneficiaries being denied their benefits. If you are in such a situation, our lawyers may possibly help you file a claim against the negligent parties. Learn more about your options by calling 800-520-3633 today.