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Utah nursing home shuts down, leaves patient files unattended

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 22, 2015

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A nursing home that unexpectedly shut its doors in May is now facing allegations from neighbors that the owners simply abandoned the facility and left it unsecured with trash, boxes, and patient files lying about inside the building, according to a report from Fox 13 News in Utah.
Homeowners who live next to the former Deseret Health and Rehabilitation facility in Sandy, Utah, called local police June 2 to report the situation after they saw people entering the building and carrying out items. When a news crew visited the scene, a pile of patient files containing confidential information was just sitting out on the sidewalk, according to Fox 13.
A spokesman from the Utah Department of Health told the station state authorities were concerned at the situation and trying to work with the parent company on proper storage of the patient records.
This article appeared on HCPro’s HIPAA Update blog. Stay up to date on all things HIPAA by signing up for e-mail updates from this blog.

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