New York Hospital Pays $2.2 Million Settlement With OCR After Allowing Crew to Film Dying Patient

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
On April 21, 2016, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle allegations that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). According to OCR, the hospital violated the HIPAA Privacy Regulation by allowing a film crew to record patients without their prior authorization.

Alleged “Egregious Disclosure.”

In a statement, OCR said NYP “blatantly” violated the HIPAA rules by its “egregious disclosure” of two patients’ protected health information (PHI), the term used by HIPAA to describe confidential patient medical information, during the filming of an ABC News health series at its facility. Among other things, NYP allegedly allowed the ABC film crew to film one patient […]