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Patient discharged with paperwork of 20 other patients

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 19, 2015

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The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado is under scrutiny for discharging a patient with the paperwork of 20 other patients, according to Fox 31 Denver.

 
On November 22, 2014, the medical center unintentionally included medical record documentation of 20 patients in discharge paperwork given to Karen Billings after her stay. Billings returned to the medical center where a nurse retrieved the other patients’ paperwork. However, upon reviewing her file the following day, Billings found that she was still in possession of seven pages of operating room notes belonging to other patients, Fox 31 Denver reported.
 
Billings said the paperwork given to her listed patients’ dates of birth, physician names, procedures, and medications. The medical center is offering free identity theft protection for affected patients, according to Fox 31 Denver.
 
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