Feds Investigate Idaho Medicaid Mental-Health Contractor For Privacy Violations

Emilie Ritter Saunders & Audrey Dutton report:

A federal agency is investigating whether the company Idaho hired to manage part of its Medicaid program has violated patient-privacy laws.

Optum Idaho, a unit of United Behavioral Health, took over insurance management for Idaho Medicaid’s mental-health and substance-abuse patients last fall.

Local health-care providers who treat those patients say Optum has erroneously sent them reports meant for other providers. The reports show patient names and mental-health or substance-abuse services the patients received or were authorized by Optum to receive.

Read more on Boise State Public Radio.

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