HELP!!!! My case is somewhat similar. It is very exciting that this lady won a case against a doctor. I have paid for some legal advice on another site and was told to file for "filing of false medical records" under HIPAA. However, I can't find this as being a direct HIPAA violation.
I have been a patient of the same pain mangement dr. for over 2 years. He runs a very busy office where getting a 30 day appointment for refills never happens so I have often had to be on and off my pain meds-not healthy. Several months ago his wife took over his practice as an office manager, she was abrasive, rude and downright demeaning. The dr. apologized for several of my complaints, then he said he just has no control- she is now his office manager, so I decided to leave this practice. My husband & I went to my last appointment and told him we would be leaving because her behavior was so erratic and upsetting I could not recover from my 5th surgery ( in 2 years) I was recovering from the @ the time. We arrived 1/2 hour before this appointment and went through each page of my file to make sure nothing was out of order-it was fine. My doctor assured us everything would be fine, and he'd help every step of the way with my transition.
I already had made an appointment before, so less than 2 weeks later I walked into what I thought would be my new pain dr's office. Within 1 minute of sitting down I was accused of being a violent, untreatable patient who requests multiple early refills, loses meds & steals meds & that I was FIRED!? When I would not admit to that the PA that was interviewing me became angry and kept telling me, "you're not getting any meds from our clinic". I kept saying, "I don't want any pills-I want to see where your getting this information. I went through every page 10 days ago." He shoved the file in my face and snatched it back away. Then told me, "the only way you'll ever see this is if you request your records up front, now you better get out of my office." Once in the hall, I asked if he would at least tell me who accused me of these obscene charges and he kept repeating, "your not getting any pills here today". Then he called the police on me. I told him I would not leave and the police could come, but I must know if I'm being accused of stealing, losing, and getting extra narcotics & being violent...who is my accuser." He finally said, "if you request your records you'll find out and walked away." I was crying & everyone was staring. I left before the police got there.
I have since had another interaction with another pain clinic. The main problem is-- THEY are NOT looking at my records!!!! Only the notes written by this dr's wife, office manager. These notes are very damaging, but are also outright lies. If one dr. would look past the notes from the dr.'s wife and look at my records from the past 2 years they'd see I have nothing but a stellar record with my dr. And have never, ever gone beyond the prescribed med usage and usually am behind because his practice is so busy. Furthermore, the violent behavior is not documented either. Somehow, every dr. I see has received these notes from this woman from my ortho surgeon to my chiropracter-she is sending them out like wildfire. Do I have any recourse? Attorney's do not want the case as there is no money to be made.
ANY advice would be soooooo appreciated-I am at the end of my rope:(