COSTLY OVERSIGHT: Parkview to pay $800,000 after violating HIPAA law

FORT WAYNE (June 24, 2014)-- According to area media, Parkview Health will pay $800,000 to settle a complaint that it violated the Health Insurance Probability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).Parkview Health violated the law after it left 71 boxes of patient records unattended and unprotected on the driveway of a retired doctor.The doctor, Christine Hamilton, notified Parkview she was refusing delivery and would not be home on June 4, 2009 when the documents were left on the doctor’s driveway.Hamilton filed the HIPAA complaint less than a week later.Reports state that Parkview Health received the notice in September 2008 involving some 5,000 to 8,000 patients. At the time Parkview Health was helping the retiring physician shift them to new providers.In addition to the $800,000 resolution amount, the settlement includes a corrective action plan requiring Parkview to review its policies and procedures, train staff and provide an implementation report to OCR.