Audit: NJ lacks computer security for personal Medicaid data

Tom Hester, Jr. reports:

New Jersey has not monitored access to key personal information in a computer system that tracks care for the poor, leaving no way to know if Social Security numbers and other information about doctors and patients have been misused, a recent state audit found.

The analysis determined that the state Department of Human Services lacks appropriate security policies and procedures for the computer system it uses to process claims for more than 1 million New Jersey Medicaid patients.

The department, according to the analysis, fails to properly monitor access to information such as Social Security and tax identification numbers, Drug Enforcement Agency numbers used to write drug prescriptions, and birth dates.

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