UIHC Radiologist, Health System Battle Over HIPAA, Patient Safety Claims

Malik Juweid, MD, a radiologist and professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and the health system are battling over various accusations, including HIPAA violations and patient safety concerns, according to a Des Moines Register news report.

Dr. Juweid filed a civil rights lawsuit against the health system, accusing the university of ordering unnecessary PET and CT scans for patients. According to the news report, Dr. Juweid was allegedly threatened by the university with "disciplinary action" after he alerted the Iowa Board of Medicine of alleged excessive radiation of an 8-year-old child at the university hospital.

Dr. Juweid is also accusing the health system of retaliation, racial discrimination and defamation, according to the news report. The university reportedly placed the physician on paid administrative leave and banned him from visiting the university without an escort, according to the news report.

The university health system reported it has not yet been notified of an investigation by the Board of Medicine, and the board declined comment on the dispute, citing a policy that prohibits board members from confirming any investigation. The health system said it is "confident these allegations of retaliation are baseless" and cites patient safety as a top priority. The university is also accusing Dr. Juweid of violating HIPAA law for sending patient information in an e-mail to several university officials.

Read the news report about the dispute between Dr. Malik Juweid and UIHC.

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