As TRICARE Breach Case Illustrates, Credit Services Can Be a Very Contentious Issue

February 2, 2012 – In The News
Report on Patient Privacy

Elizabeth Litten spoke with the Report on Patient Privacy on the data breach affecting TRICARE, which put the private health information of more than 5.1 million people in jepoardy and sparked an investigation into TRICARE's relationship with its business associates.

Litten said that while the Congressional inquiry is a pain for TRICARE, for CEs the letter is a great checklist for judging the fitness of a business associate for handling protected health information.

Whether to offer some type of credit-related or financial services "depends on exactly what information is included, what can be used for financial or identify theft. The kind of information that is potentially accessible will dictate how aggressive the response is," said Litten.