Another HIPAA right of access settlement from OCR highlights need for timely response
Healthcare IT News
The HHS Office for Civil Rights on Tuesday announced the most recent in a spate of monetary settlements in its HIPAA right of access enforcement.
WHY IT MATTERS
OCR has made enforcement of patient access a major priority in recent months. In the most recent case, Dr. Peter Wrobel and his Georgia-based practice Elite Primary Care agreed to take corrective actions and pay $36,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
In April 2019, OCR received an allegation that Elite had not responded to a patient's request for access to his medical records. A month later, the agency offered the practice technical assistance on right of access requirements and closed the complaint.
But in October...