New York-Presbyterian Hospital has to pay a $2.2 settlement for filming patients without their authorization

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“This case sends an important message that OCR will not permit covered entities to compromise their patients’ privacy by allowing news or television crews to film the patients without their authorization”, Office Director Jocelyn Samuels said. The Office for Civil Rights oversees the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal patient privacy law known as Hipaa. “The hospital continues to maintain that the filming of this documentary program did not violate the HIPAA Privacy Rule,” New York Presbyterian said in a statement. But in addition to the $2.2 million settlement for potential violations, New York Presbyterian agreed to a “comprehensive corrective action plan” and to be monitored for two years by the Office of Civil Rights to make sure the hospital complies with federal rules. That could end popular television shows that capture emergencies and traumas in progress, getting permission from patients only afterward.

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