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ECRMC Reports Business Associates Wrongful Retention of Patient Radiology X-Rays
News | November 28, 2012
ECRMC is looking into the conduct of a contracted company, which will remain unnamed at this time due to a federal investigation. The business was contracted to provide the Hospital with x-ray digitizing, archiving and destruction services. The Hospital contracted with the company to digitize radiology x-rays. As part of the contract, the company was also required to destroy the original x-rays, jackets and physicians' radiology reports in compliance with state and federal privacy laws once the x-rays were digitized. A Certificate of Destruction was also called for once the x-rays and accompanying reports had been destroyed. The Hospital and the company signed a Business Associate Agreement as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).