Pennsylvania dentist agrees to pay $30K settlement after failing to provide patient with medical records

Butler, Pa.-based solo dental practitioner Donald Brockley, DMD, agreed to pay $30,000 and take corrective actions to comply with HIPAA's right-of-access standard after failing to provide a patient with a copy of their medical record, according to a March 28 HHS press release.

HHS notified Dr. Brockley on Nov. 3, 2020, that it was imposing a $104,000 civil money penalty against him for failing to comply with the right-of-access provision. He then requested a hearing before an administrative law judge to contest the civil money penalty, according to the settlement agreement.

The litigation was resolved before the court made a determination, and Dr. Brockley agreed to a $30,000 settlement amount as well as to take corrective actions to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule's right-of-access standard, the press release reported.

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