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[ATG] Nurse midwife’s license suspended after abandoning patient records
Start Date: 11/21/2012 All Day
End Date: 11/21/2012
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INDIANAPOLIS – A nurse midwife received a one-year suspension after abruptly closing the doors to her Indianapolis business and leaving patients’ medical files with the building’s owner.

The licensing complaint was filed by Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office against Barbara Ann Bechtel, a licensed advanced practice nurse. The Indiana State Board of Nursing voted unanimously to suspend her license and require continued education regarding security and record keeping.

“Abandoning medical records risks the chance of patients becoming victims of identity theft,” Zoeller said. “Licensed professionals are obligated to protect patient files regardless of whether a business is closed or relocated.”

The building owner, where Bechtel’s practice was located, asked her to claim the documents located at 2110 W. 38th St., but he received no response. In May of 2011, the Attorney General’s Office took possession of the files and began returning records to patients.

Former patients of Bechtel can still claim their records by submitting an Abandoned Records Request form to the Attorney General’s Office. To download a copy of the form visit www.indianaconsumer.com and click on “Licensing” and then “Abandoned Records” or call 1-800-382-5516 to request a form.

According to state law, the Attorney General’s Office has the responsibility to obtain and secure abandoned health records or other records with personal identifying information to protect those named in the files from becoming victims of identity theft. Health and licensed professionals who leave such records unsecured in violation of state law can face fines or other legal ramifications.

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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: Erin.Reece@atg.in.gov
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