This time it was paper...BD
The box contained information about lab tests and insurance approvals as well as other medical issues. The documents are not medical charts, but do contain patient names and contact information. Under HIPAA guidelines, documents such as the ones found are supposed to be kept confidential and then shredded before being disposed of.
At the time the Post first interviewed Dr. Padilla, he said the office followed HIPAA guidelines very carefully and that the rule in the office was to shred all documents being disposed of. He said he didn’t know how the box ended up in the trash bin and speculated it might have been accidentally thrown out by the building’s cleaning crew.
Dr. Padilla spoke to the Post on Monday and said he was trying to figure out what had happened.
“The action we take all depends on how the material got into the Dumpster in the first place,” Dr. Padilla said. “That’s what we want to find out. We have a process in place to prevent this from happening.