A Virginia psychiatrist has been indicted by a federal grand jury for wrongfully disclosing patient-identifiable information in violation of the criminal privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal prosecutor has announced.
Va. psychiatrist faces HIPAA charge
Dr. Richard Alan Kaye, 62, of Suffolk, who was, according to the indictment, the medical director of the Psychiatric Care Center at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, is accused of disclosing patient information without authorization “to an agent of the patient's employer” on three occasions in February 2008, according to a news release from Neil MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The MacBride statement said Kaye “is alleged to have provided inpatient mental health treatment to a patient from Aug. 20, 2007 to Sept. 4, 2007, and in his discharge summary indicated that the patient was not considered a danger to others.” Yet, Kaye's alleged unauthorized disclosures were made “under the false pretenses that the patient was a serious and imminent threat to the safety of the public, when in fact he knew that the patient was not such a threat,” according to the MacBride statement. The indictment was handed down Tuesday.
The FBI conducted the investigation; if convicted, Kaye could face up to five years in prison, the prosecutor's statement said.
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