Health Information Management

Tenet employee charged with theft, HIPAA violations

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 1, 2009

Federal prosecutors in Miami have charged an employee at Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Palmetto General Hospital (PGH) in Hialeah and an accomplice with theft of patient records and felony HIPAA violations.

Jacquetta L. Brown, 29, a medical records employee at the 360-bed acute-care hospital, and accomplice Tear Renee Barbary, 25, face multiple felony counts of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and criminal HIPAA violations. Brown also faces charges of aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictment, Brown took records containing personal information of PGH patients, and she and Barbary used the stolen personal information as part of a credit card fraud scheme. The stolen patient profile records included patients' names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, addresses, drivers' license numbers, and next of kin contacts, the indictment states.

Read the full story in HealthLeaders Media by John Commins.

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