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Recently I discovered that a former employee of my practice,

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Recently I discovered that a former employee of my practice, now working for another practice, has taken all the names and addresses of my patients. They have used this information to send a solicitation mailer to my patients. I'm not too concerned about losing patients but do I need to report this to HHS and send a letter about the HIPPA violation to patients? While I doubt other private information was taken, I don't know that for sure.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  LegalKnowledge replied 1 year ago.
Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Yes, you should. You want to take the necessary steps to protect your own interest and that of your office, in the event that your patients come back and ask how their information was obtained, if you were selling it and disclosing it and if there is any affiliation with this other person or their office. It is better to be safe then sorry and any time information is stolen it should be reported so there is documentation of it. Moreover, you may want to go after and sue this person for stealing your clients so you want it on record. I personally recall getting a letter a few months ago as a result of the sign in book being taken from my doctors office. Although it only has my name and insurance company they still received notice advising of the missing item and that my information may have been contained within.
Expert:  LegalKnowledge replied 1 year ago.
Once it is filed it is at the discretion of HHS to take action but you would have covered yourself
Expert:  LegalKnowledge replied 1 year ago.
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