The Parade of PHI Security Breaches – Providers and Insurers Beware of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Other Attorney Generals

September 14, 2010Articles

The requirements under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 ("HITECH" and collectively with HIPAA, "HIPAA/HITECH") statutes and regulations for public disclosure of security breaches of Protected Health Information (“PHI”) have continuously been bringing to light new breaches of PHI involving highly respected and sophisticated providers. With the authorization by HITECH of enforcement of HIPAA/HITECH violations by state attorneys general, direct intervention by attorneys general have been taking place.