TOPEKA — A federal agency has received a civil rights complaint about a former Kansas abortion provider’s disposal of hundreds of patients’ medical records in a recycling bin, an official said Thursday. Meanwhile, a state regulatory board is working on an agreement on the permanent custody of other files still in his possession.
Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said it received a complaint March 26 about Krishna Rajanna’s handling of confidential patient files. The complaint came two days after a woman discovered the documents in a bin outside an elementary school near Rajanna’s home in Overland Park.
The records were from Affordable Medical and Surgical Services, a Kansas City, Kan., clinic where Rajanna performed abortions. It closed in 2005, shortly after the State Board of Healing Arts revoked Rajanna’s medical license over clinic conditions.
Rodriguez’s agency enforces federal laws dealing with patient privacy and the security of medical records, and he said in an email statement that it referred the complaint about Rajanna to the regional Office of Civil Rights in Kansas City, Mo., for review. He declined to discuss the content of the complaint.