[ Thursday, April 21, 2016 ]
Raleigh Orthopaedic Update: @PogoWasRight was on the case
Jeff [1:55 PM]
back in 2013 when it originally happened. Sure enough, the BA was crooked and instead of converting the films to digital, dissolved the films for their silver content. Don't know if there was any improper disclosure, though -- if the vendor simply melted the films down, there would be no further disclosure. Still a stinging result for the practice -- they were victimized by a scam artist and lost all their x-rays, and then had a big HIPAA fine on top of it all. It's not clear to me that having a BAA would've prevented the incident at all.
Anyone know any more about this than what OCR is saying
? Their press release only says that they failed to have a BAA in place. It does not say that the business associate stole the data, improperly disclosed it, or anything. No indication of any harm at all, just failure to sign the BA? Seems extreme to fine someone $750,000 for that. . . .
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