Florida physician ordered to pay $10K for posting patient info in Yelp review

The Florida Board of Medicine ordered Michael Hall, MD, to pay $10,000 Dec. 6 for allegedly posting the personal health information of a former patient on Yelp, according to Florida Politics.

Dr. Hall acknowledged wrongdoing as part of the settlement. However, he claimed the patient threatened his life and his business.

In the Yelp review, Dr. Hall said the patient used her fire inspector badge to "fraudulently obtain narcotics and has seen over 28 doctors in Florida for numerous prescription pills and medical services."

Dr. Hall claimed the patient, which he identified in his Yelp post using her initials, visited him in June 2013 for opiate addiction and Suboxone maintenance. He told the patient to return to his office the following week for a check-up. However, Dr. Hall claims the patient never returned.

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