Hospital Being Investigated for HIPAA Violation
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.August 5, 2011
An Office for Civil Rights (OCR) employee has confirmed that the OCR is investigating an anonymous complaint claiming that an Alabama hospital violated HIPAA laws when it sent patient records to a law office. The Anniston Star reports that a doctor at Regional Medical Center (RMC) faxed the names of students involved in a bus accident to a law firm in February 2010, and while the doctor was reprimanded, RMC's CEO said hospital attorneys indicated the incident did not violate HIPAA laws. A Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman would not confirm that the OCR was investigating RMC, and according to its CEO, the hospital has no knowledge of an investigation.