Conn. Ruling Expands HIPAA Liability For Medical Providers

By Allison Grande (November 10, 2014, 9:53 PM EST) -- The Connecticut Supreme Court recently ruled that medical providers that allegedly exposed confidential patient health data can be struck with state-law negligence claims based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a decision attorneys say will likely subject HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates to many more lawsuits nationwide.

In an opinion released last week and slated to be published in the Connecticut Law Journal on Tuesday, the high court held that HIPAA did not preempt the plaintiff's state common-law causes of action for negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress against Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology PC, which...

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