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Tuesday, November 03, 2020

New Health Care Liability Action Opinion: Dismissal of Plaintiff's Case (Erroneously?) Upheld on Appeal Due to Defective HIPAA-compliant Authorizations

Yesterday, the Tennessee Court of Appeals released its opinion in Dial v. Klemis, No. W2019-02115-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Nov. 2, 2020).  The syllabus from the slip opinion reads:
This is a health care liability case. The defendants moved to dismiss the complaint due to the plaintiff’s failure to comply with Tennessee Code Annotated section 29-26- 121(a)(2)(E), arguing that the plaintiff had not provided them HIPAA compliant medical authorizations allowing them to receive medical records from the other providers being sent statutorily-required pre-suit notice. The trial court agreed with the defendants’ argument and, upon observing that the plaintiff was not entitled to rely on the 120-day extension of the statutory limitation period pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 29-26-121(c), held that the complaint was time-barred and should be dismissed with prejudice. Discerning no error, we affirm.
Here is a link to the opinion:

NOTE: I think this opinion missed something, respectfully, because the defendants could have actually gotten the decedent's protected health information without a authorization at all as part of their "health care operations."  Tony Duncan, New Health Care Liability Action Opinion: Trial Court's Dismissal of Action as Time-barred Overturned on Appeal, TONY DUNCAN L. BLOG, Note (Jul. 3, 2018, 3:58 PM),

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