Indiana health care provider violates HIPAA

A health care provider in Indiana was ordered to settle a fine worth $800,000 after violating a privacy rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, Business Weekly reported on June 23.

According to the complaint filed by Dr. Christine Hamilton, staff members of Parkview Health left thousands of patients’ medical records unattended and unguarded on her driveway on June 4, 2009. The dozens of boxes containing medical records were left near a busy street even though Dr. Hamilton told Parkview that she refused to accept the delivery at that time. In addition to the monetary settlement, Parkview also agreed to conduct staff training and review its methods of safeguarding medical records of patients.

The maintenance of medical records is a vital service that patients trust professionals to handle. Sadly, many workers are denied long-term disability insurance when health care providers fail to secure their medical records. If you experience this, a lawyer may work for you to get the benefits you need. Speak with the Indiana-based lawyers at the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633, and learn more about your options.