Doctors fear privacy sold in HealthNet sale

Rob Varnon reports:

Doctors fighting United Health Group’s takeover of HealthNet of the Northeast are demanding an investigation to see if the privacy rights of thousands of Connecticut residents are being violated by the deal.

The Connecticut State Medical Society said Tuesday it has asked state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to investigate whether the $510 million deal would violate patient privacy under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Blumenthal already is suing HealthNet under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act for a massive data breach last year. HITECH authorized state attorneys general to enforce HIPAA.


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