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Doctor charged with disclosing PHI without authorization

A federal grand jury indicted Richard Alan Kaye, 62, of Suffolk, Va., for what authorities say was the wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information under HIPAA, according to a June 21 press release [1] from the office of the U.S. attorney of Virginia.

Kaye is licensed to practice osteopathic medicine in Virginia and is the medical director of the Psychiatric Care Center at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va. According to the press release, Kaye disclosed without authorization on three occasions information on a patient’s mental health treatment to the patient’s employer.

Kaye made the unauthorized disclosures 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, according to the indictment.