Fraud probe blocks access to medical records

Patients serviced at 10 diagnostic imaging facilities in New Jersey had trouble accessing their medical records after authorities closed Diagnostic Imaging Affiliates in a Medicaid fraud investigation, reported. The article chronicled the "bureaucratic journey" of Loren Katsakos, a woman with a history of breast cancer whose doctors needed her prior mammogram films to make accurate comparisons. But authorities seized those films, presumably with results for every patient the facilities tested since 2005.

Katsakos contacted three government agencies to request her records, but there was no response until the media became involved. "We believe patient access to their records is critical," a spokesman from the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor told, "and we have assigned staff whose sole day-to-day responsibilities are to be responsive to records requests." Article