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