Medical Records Fly From Dumpster
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Attorneys representing more than 1,500 women whose personal medical information was compromised when their records were blown from a dumpster on a windy day in May have reached a settlement agreement with the medical group responsible.
In the settlement agreement, which still has to be approved by a judge in January, Midwest Women’s Healthcare Specialists agree to set up a victims’ fund of $400,000 to compensate the estimated 1,532 women whose documents were improperly disposed of in a dumpster outside Research Medical Center .
Midwest Women’s Healthcare will also separately agree to pay for up to two years of credit monitoring for the affected women, and it will re-train its employees in the proper handling of sensitive documents.
That may not be the end of the issue for Midwest Women’s Healthcare Specialists. A spokesperson for the office of civil rights at the federal Department of Health and Human services said Tuesday that the incident is still under investigation for possible HIPAA violations, which could potentially cost the doctors group millions .
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