[ Thursday, June 23, 2011 ]


HIPAA Criminal Case, Not Involving ID Theft: Very interesting indictment out of Virginia. A psychiatrist treated a patient in an inpatient setting. Upon release, the doctor noted that the patient was not considered a danger to others. However, the doctor then, on 3 different occasions, disclosed the patient's PHI to someone at the patient's employer. Apparently, the doctor said that the disclosures were OK because the patient was dangerous, even though his release notes said otherwise. Not unusual to see a HIPAA complaint and violation out of a scenario like this, but a criminal case is pretty unusual.

Hat tip: Patricia Bass

Jeff [3:17 PM]

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