Another HIPAA right of access settlement from OCR highlights need for timely response

Healthcare IT News

Mike Miliard

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...

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