OCR settles HIPAA Right of Access case with Dignity Health for $160K

Becker's Hospital Review

Jackie Drees

The Office for Civil Rights issued its eighth settlement Oct. 7 for its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative.

Dignity Health, doing business as St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, agreed to pay $160,000 for violating the Right of Access rule, which requires healthcare organizations to provide patients with copies of the medical records quickly and at a reasonable cost.

On April 25, 2018, OCR received a complaint from a mother claiming that she made multiple requests to SJHMC starting in January 2018 for a copy of her son's medical records. While the hospital provided some of the records, the mother had to send follow up requests for the rest of the records in March, April and May 2018.

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