Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director

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TV Filming at Massachusetts Hospitals Leads to $1M in HIPAA Fines

Posted by @DanHinmon, Sep 21, 2018

A quick read of this headline will likely lead to a “Who thought that was a good idea?” moment.

HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has slapped Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital with a cumulative $999,000 in fines for allowing film crews from the ABC documentary series “Save My Life: Boston Trauma” to film patients on premises without obtaining prior authorization.

However, Boston Medical Center, in a statement to Healthcare Dive, argued that it actually had obtained consent from those involved in the filming “in full compliance with HIPAA,” but chose to pay the fine to “avoid further burden and expense.”

The other hospitals claim they received no patient complaints about the filming.

What’s the main lesson here?




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