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.