[ Friday, September 21, 2018 ]
Jeff [1:07 PM]
Three facilities involved in the production of the "Boston Med" television show have settled with OCR
for just under $1 million over charges that they improperly disclosed patient identity and health information in the course of producing and airing the show. This is a similar situation to a NY hospital drama called NY Med, in which a patient's identity was accidentally disclosed. The show blurred the man's face to de-identify him, but the nature of his injuries made his identity evident to his family, and when they saw the show, they sued ABC and the hospital, NY Presbyterian; NY Pres ended up paying a $2 million HIPAA fine to OCR. On the other hand, Children's Medical Center in Dallas ran a summer-long television series filmed on location at the hospital, and did not violate HIPAA by doing so. How? Solid patient authorizations, including making sure nobody walked through the background in any of the filming sessions, and a healthy bit of HIPAA training for the film crew. Of course, Children's had some pretty good counsel in setting that all up. . . .
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