The North Carolina Attorney General is investigating Prompt Med, formerly known as Battleground Urgent Care for throwing medical records in the trash. The fine for such an offense is up to $5,000 per instance. At 600 medical files that can be up to $3 million.
It is amazing that any medical practice would gamble $3 million to save $100 on shredding.
Daron Breinholt was taking out the trash at his job at a shoe distribution center in Salt Lake City when he found boxes and boxes of medical records. They records belonged to Mountain Medical Center. Dr. Randall Malin said that he did not throw the records away.
Apparently Dr Malin is forgetting that he is responsible for the safe keeping of his patients records as part of HIPAA. Regardless of who dumped the records, he can be fined. But my guess is he was just to cheap to call a shredding service.
Full story from KUTV.
Dr. David Cavallaro’s, a podiatrist in Oklahoma City needs to find a shredding service. His first plan of leaving them in the dumpster didn’t work out so well when they were discovered and reported to NewsChannel 4.
The story says there is no law in Oklahoma that prevents a doctor from exposing their patients to identity theft. The failed to recognized that HIPAA is a federal law that protects patient privacy and requires proper disposal.
More proof that personal records are toxic waste. A dentist in Houston stored his customer records at a storage facility. I am sure he hasn’t upgraded to a records storage center due to the costs. However, he is still responsible to store medical records for years, even if they are no longer patients.
While working in the storage area a box was left outside and he left. The box was later discovered and reported to the local media. The dentist has apologized for the mistake.
It is easy to see why so many medical offices are moving to electronic document management to save on storage. Then they only need to worry about the shredding.