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Women’s health practice settles with patients for $400,000

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 5, 2015

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Midwest Women’s Healthcare Specialists in Kansas City, Missouri, reached a $400,000 settlement agreement with attorneys representing the practice’s 1,532 patients whose PHI was compromised, according to KSHB 41 Action News.

In May 2014, Midwest Women’s Healthcare Specialists improperly disposed of its patients’ medical records in a dumpster outside of Research Medical Center. Midwest Women’s Healthcare Specialists and Research Medical Center are both part of HCA Midwest Health with headquarters in the same location, KSHB 41 Action News reported.
The settlement agreement, which is the result of a class-action lawsuit, must be approved by a judge in January 2015. The practice will provide credit monitoring services for affected patients. The incident is under investigation by the Office for Civil Rights, KSHB 41 Action News reported.
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