Revenue Cycle

State AGs stepping up HITECH enforcement

Patient Access Weekly Advisor, March 31, 2010

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating his second case involving HIPAA violations this year, using again a legal authority granted to state attorneys general under the HITECH Act signed into law February 2009.

Blumenthal's office confirmed in a statement Monday that it is pursuing a case involving allegations that a radiologist formerly affiliated with a Connecticut hospital improperly had access to the records of nearly 1,000 of the hospital's patients.

Three months ago, Blumenthal announced he was suing Health Net of Connecticut, Inc., after the insurer reportedly failed to secure private medical records and financial information of 446,000 Connecticut members and then did not promptly notify them of the possible security breach for six months.

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