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Blue Cross Exec Tests HIPAA By Describing $12M Patient

Law360, New York (June 1, 2017, 11:04 PM EDT) -- An executive at Iowa health insurer Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield possibly stepped into a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act minefield by divulging information about a patient whose $12 million in annual medical bills have contributed to insurance market instability, attorneys say.

The disclosure by Laura Jackson, a Wellmark executive vice president, occurred during a speech at a recent Rotary Club of Des Moines meeting and was reported this week by The Des Moines Register. According to a Rotary Club summary of the speech, Jackson revealed that a Wellmark policyholder who has made headlines for racking up $12 million...

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