lawsuit Filed Against A Psychiatrist For Health Record Disposal

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The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) today announced an agreement to settle a civil lawsuit against Southfield psychiatrist Dr. Soon K. Kim and Quality Health Plan Inc. for the improper disposal of medical records from the Greater Detroit Hospital in Detroit.

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Marbella Management, Signature Healthcare Services, LLC, and Dong Won (David) Kim are also named as defendants in the case.

On May, 14, 2009, the Honorable Rosemarie B. Aquilina issued a settlement agreement and injunctive order. Under the agreement, Kim has to pay the state a $350,000 fine for burning piles of records on his Salem Township property.

The order states that the defendants are prohibited from burning, dumping or abandoning medical records, x-rays, microfiche, or other materials related to the treatment of patients, which is in violation of the public health code and privacy laws. Kim will have to hire a contractor to dispose of any remaining medical records.

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