Client Alert: OCR Prioritizes Enforcement of HIPAA Right of Access


Shumaker Loop & Kendrick

The Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") has turned its focus on individuals' right to timely access to their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Settling eight enforcement actions this year, the OCR is making a clear statement that it should not take federal intervention for patients to be provided with copies of their medical records.

The latest settlement involves Dignity Health, doing business as St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (“SJHMC”), a large, acute care hospital with several hospital-based clinics based in Phoenix, Arizona. SJHMC has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $160,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule's right of access provision.

On April 25, 2018, OCR received...

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