Healthcare covered entities continue to have trouble getting patients their medical records. Since 2019, when the Office for Civil Rights began its Right of Access initiative, the HIPAA privacy and security enforcer has settled 45 cases related to patient requests for medical records.
The federal healthcare program Anti-Kickback Statute is a broad criminal statute that touches on numerous arrangements healthcare organizations may enter into. Refresh your knowledge of Anti-Kickback compliance including safe harbors.
A recent settlement between the Office for Civil Rights and UnitedHealthcare serves as a stark reminder of the importance of HIPAA compliance and the right of patients to access their medical records in a timely manner.