[ Tuesday, January 08, 2013 ]
Massachusetts Pathology Group Settlement:
Jeff [9:29 PM]
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has settled a HIPAA complaint against a defunct billing company, Goldthwait Associates, and 4 pathology practices that were its clients, stemming from the disposal of paper medical records in a public dump
. The incident came to light when a reporter was dumping his own trash and saw the records. The company and practices agreed to pay $140,000, part of which goes to the state to provide HIPAA training and part of it pays the state's attorney fees. The company owner claims the papers were not in a public part of the dump, but were in a separate building waiting to be picked up by a truck to be taken to Maine and pulverized. The practices were tagged because they didn't have Business Associate Agreements in place.
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