Photocopier Mishap Leads Insurer To Ink $1.2M HIPAA Deal

Law360, New York (August 14, 2013, 4:02 PM ET) -- New York insurer Affinity Health Plan will pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations it breached the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by returning leased photocopiers without scrubbing their hard drives of protected data involving 345,000 patients, federal regulators said Wednesday.

Affinity, which reported the breach as required in 2010 and did not admit wrongdoing, learned of the potential leak from reporters with the CBS Evening News, who purchased one of the photocopiers and discovered electronic patient records, according to the U.S. Department of Health and...
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