Alaska Medicaid To Shell Out $1.7M Over HIPAA Security Case

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT) -- Alaska’s Medicaid agency will pay $1.7 million to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act related to theft of a portable hard drive possibly containing protected health information, the first such settlement of its kind, federal officials said Tuesday.

An investigation of the state’s privacy safeguards began when the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, in accordance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, disclosed in 2009 the loss of an electronic device with potentially sensitive data....
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