New York-Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal agreed to pay $2.2 mil­lion to set­tle al­le­ga­tions that it vi­o­lated Health In­surance Porta­bil­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Act

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pri­vacy rules by al­low­ing the crew of the documentary TV show “NY Med” to film pa­tients with­out their con­sent. HHS’ Of­fice for Civil Rights found that the hospi­tal al­lowed the crew to film a dy­ing pa­tient and an­other in ma­jor dis­tress even af­ter a med­i­cal provider urged the crew to stop. It also al­leged that the hospi­tal gave the crew “vir­tu­ally un­fet­tered” hospi­tal ac­cess, cre­at­ing a sit­u­a­tion in which pa­tient in­for­ma­tion could not be pro­tected. The Of­fice for Civil Rights will also mon­i­tor the hospi­tal for two years to en­sure HIPAA com­pli­ance. The hospi­tal de­nied any pri­vacy vi­o­la­tions in con­nec­tion with the film­ing, and said in a state­ment that it took part in the show to help ed­u­cate the pub­lic about care com­plex­i­ties and the chal­lenges providers face.

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