UK-affiliated medical foundation: Records should stay closed

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A medical foundation affiliated with the University of Kentucky is appealing a recent decision by Attorney General Jack Conway’s office that requires the foundation to turn over records for public inspection.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1Qtb6bk ), Kentucky Medical Services Foundation Director Marc Randall said in a statement that Conway’s office overreached by suggesting that Kentucky’s Open Records Act supersedes federal privacy laws.

The foundation’s appeal was filed Friday in Fayette Circuit Court against Lachin Hatemi, a former UK medical student. Hatemi raised the issue after the foundation turned down parts of his request for records following the controversial ouster of surgeon Dr. Paul Kearney.

In November, Conway’s office said the foundation was subject to the open records law because it’s substantially run and controlled by UK, a public agency.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

 

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