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File-Sharing Software Potential Threat to Health Privacy – Study

March 03, 2010 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Cross-Posted from: http://www.databreaches.net/?p=10367A research report on file-sharing risks that compares risks for personal financial information to personal health information:

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HIPAA complaints decreased significantly in 2009

February 01, 2010 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Dennis Melamed provides monthly HIPAA complaint statistics based reports by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). It seems that not only did breach reports in general decline in 2009 relative to 2008, but privacy and security complaints to HHS also declined.

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Update: Stolen BCBS hard drives had data on 2 million insured

November 16, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

One of Tennessee’s largest holders of personal information confirms that an October theft from a Chattanooga office affects about 2 million of its clients. Blue Cross Blue Shield said 68 computer hard drives that contained Social Security numbers and other sensitive information were taken from the office.

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Report: Data Breaches Hike Fraud Risk 400%

November 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Because data breaches have become such commonplace incidents, there is concern that people have become desensitized to the potential harm they face upon receiving a notification letter from an organization informing them that sensitive information has been lost or misappropriated.

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CalOptima Reports Potential Loss of Patient Claims Information (updated)

October 29, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

ORANGE, Calif. (October 23, 2009) – CalOptima has identified the potential loss of past medical claims information for approximately 68,000 of its members that was stored on electronic media devices.

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Coalition for Patient Privacy Calls on HHS to Repeal the Breach Notification Rule

October 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Coalition for Patient Privacy urges the Department of Health and Human Services to revise and repeal the interim final rule (IFR) establishing requirements for notification of breaches of unsecured protected health information.

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Highmark changes it procedures in wake of BCBS breach

October 07, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

that their Social Security numbers or tax ID numbers were on the stolen laptop containing their unencrypted data. A BCBS employee had reportedly breached policy by downloading the unencrypted database to a personal computer that was later stolen from the employee’s vehicle.

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850,000 doctors could be hit by potential data breach

October 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A file containing identifying information for every physician in the country contracted with a Blues-affiliated insurance plan was on a laptop computer stolen from a BlueCross BlueShield Assn. employee. It is not yet known whether any identity theft has resulted from the data breach.

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Two to plead guilty to fraud, HIPAA violations

August 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

United States Attorney Joyce White Vance announced that Isaac Earl Smith, 38, and Annetra Poole-Moore, 37, have agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes involving health care fraud, disclosures prohibited by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and aggravated identify theft.

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Whistleblower lawsuit against Kaiser (updated)

August 10, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

At a time when concerns about the privacy and security of electronic health records are a hot topic and the issue of private vs. public health insurance is making the front pages, a lawsuit filed by a former Kaiser employee alleges that Kaiser knowingly and repeatedly violated HIPAA, exposed millions of members to identity theft, and ripped members off by not keeping track of deductibles and co-pa...

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