Dignity Health to Pay OCR $160K for HIPAA Right of Access Failure

By Jessica Davis

– Arizona-based Dignity Health, doing business as St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (SJHMC), has agreed to corrective actions and a $160,000 enforcement action with the Office for Civil Rights, to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Right of Access rule. 

The settlement is the eighth and largest made under the OCR HIPAA Right of Access Initiative launched in 2019, which is designed to support the right of patients to have timely access to their health records for a reasonable fee. 

OCR announced five settlements under the initiative in September, while the other HIPAA Right of Access enforcements occurred in late 2019 between Korunda Medical and Bayfront Health. 

Under HIPAA, HHS has previously noted that “a covered entity to provide the individual with access to the PHI in the form and format requested, if readily producible in

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