Revenue Cycle

Connecticut AG files historic lawsuit for HIPAA

Patient Access Weekly Advisor, January 27, 2010

HITECH granted state attorneys general power to seek civil suits on behalf of victims of a protected health information (PHI) breach.

And one state, Connecticut, is already taking action. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal sued Health Net of Connecticut, Inc., January 13 for “failing to secure private patient medical records and financial information” in a case involving 446,000 patients.

Officially, it’s the first action taken by a state attorney general involving violations of HIPAA since HITECH gave state AGs the thumbs up. Naturally, it won’t be the last.

So before state AGs and OCR officials come knocking, ask yourself, “Are we ready?” And remember these seven tips. 

 

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