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Physician Practice Roundup—Doctor’s TV interview results in $125K HIPAA fine for practice

November 29, 2018 / Joanne Finnegan

A Connecticut physicians group has been hit with a $125,000 fine for alleged HIPAA violations after one of its doctors spoke to a TV reporter in a dispute with a patient over bringing a service animal to the allergy practice. Allergy Associates of Hartford agreed to pay the fine to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to adopt a corrective plan that includes two years of monitoring to settle potential HIPAA violations, the government agency said in an announcement. The unnamed physician, who ignored the advice of the practice’s privacy officer to either not respond to the media or respond with “no comment,” impermissibly disclosed the patient’s protected health information to the reporter, the agency said.