Dec 172014
 

One of the breaches recently added to HHS’s public breach tool involved Multilingual Psychotherapy Centers, Inc.in Florida. PHIprivacy.net spoke with them about the incident and obtained a redacted copy of their notification letter to patients. According to their October 23rd letter and statements made to PHIprivacy.net, a server stolen during an office burglary contained 3,500 patients’ first and […]

Dec 172014
 

Another fraud case involving medical ID theft. December 15, 2014 – Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury has convicted Reddy Vijay Annappareddy, age 46, of Fallston, Maryland, of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to defraud Medicaid and Medicare by submitting false claims for prescription refills. Annappareddy owns Pharmacare, LLC […]

Dec 172014
 

Consumer Watchdog today urged consumers to opt out of the new electronic health information exchange, Cal INDEX, that is being set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield until key questions about patient privacy are answered. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group added that the best way to protect privacy when sharing patient information is […]

Dec 172014
 

Brian Hutchinson reports: The RCMP committed a “serious privacy breach” and broke federal privacy laws when it shared sensitive medical information about five of its officers while throwing accusations at their psychologist, according to a privacy commissioner’s report written last month and obtained by the National Post. The five Mounties went to the Office of the […]

Dec 162014
 

Fairfax County, Virginia issued the following release yesterday about a breach that does not appear on HHS’s public breach tool and that was not previously known to this site. They say a total of 595 individuals were affected, but the number whose PHI were involved was not specified:  Since a 2012 unauthorized data release by […]