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Former dentist to pay $12,000 for HIPAA violation

rep02 [1]Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller recently reached a $12,000 settlement for HIPAA violations with a former dentist accused of improperly disposing of medical records, according to Legal Newsline. [2]

The Indiana Board of Dentistry revoked Joseph Beck’s license to practice in Indiana over allegations of negligence and fraudulent billing practices. More than 60 boxes of medical records of patients treated by Beck from 2002 to 2007 were found in an Indianapolis dumpster in 2013, not long after his license was revoked. The boxes contained the PHI of more than 5,600 patients including full names, phone numbers, addresses, and Social Security numbers, according to Legal Newsline.

Beck allegedly hired the third-party vendor Just the Connection, Inc., in Carmel, Indiana, to dispose of the records, according to Legal Newsline.