AG: UK violated Open Records Act in withholding

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The state attorney general's office says the University of Kentucky's UK Healthcare violated the state's Open Records Act by denying records to WUKY-FM about a children's heart surgery program that's been put on hiatus.

WUKY reported the opinion Monday.

UK Healthcare in December stopped performing cardiothoracic surgeries on children and put the program under review. The university wouldn't say what prompted the review or when surgeries would resume.

WUKY filed an open records request seeking information related to cardiothoracic surgery chief Dr. Mark Plunkett.

The university denied access to the records, citing patient privacy in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. WUKY appealed.

The attorney general's opinion said HIPPA doesn't pre-empt the Kentucky Open Records Act. UK has 30 days to review.

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