The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that it entered into a settlement with The Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) for $31,000. CCDH is a small for-profit health care provider with seven locations in Illinois.
The settlement arose out of an OCR compliance review initiated in August 2015 after an investigation of a CCDH business associate that stored inactive paper medical records for CCDH. While CCDH had been disclosing PHI to the vendor since 2003, neither party could produce a business associate agreement in effect prior to October 12, 2015.
In addition to the settlement payment, CCDH has also entered into a corrective action plan with OCR.