Complaint filed against St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

February 18th, 2014

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) complaint is filed against ST. Rose Dominican hospitals for allegedly compromising patient’s records as part of gaining advantage in a contract dispute. Dignity health which owns ST. Rose Dominican hospitals is in process of dealing with a complaint. It is complaint against violating patient privacy by using records for leverage.

According to the announcement by the Nevada Health Services Coalition, Dignity Health took access to patient records by contacting Coalition plan members. It happened when the agreements between the two agencies fell through. It is considered as violation by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights filed the complaint. The Nevada Health Services Coalition, a nonprofit, helps negotiates hospital contracts for discounted health care service rates for 19 member group healthcare organizations, including 230,000 Nevada residents.

Christine Carafelli, executive director of the coalition said, “It’s our position that patient data collected in the course of medical treatment should not be used to lobby or gain leverage in contract negotiations.”

After this complaint, Dignity Health released statement:

“St. Rose Dominican Hospitals upholds the highest ethical and moral principles, and honors federal, state and other regulatory guidelines related to the provision of health care. St. Rose has not, and will not, compromise patient safety or confidentiality. Like all hospitals, St. Rose values the patients it has served and regularly communicates with current and former patients regarding operational, financial or other matters related to health care services at St. Rose.”

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