Former gynecologist set to stand trial for patient privacy violations, lying to federal agents

Stephanie Barry reports on a case that I don’t recall ever hearing about before:

Jury selection will begin this morning in the trial of Rita Luthra, a former gynecologist accused of violating patient confidentiality laws, witness tampering and lying to federal investigators.

The case against Luthra, of Longmeadow, is a significantly watered-down version of the original criminal indictment brought in 2015 against the former physician, That charged an alleged kickback scheme involving a pharmaceutical company, which Luthra denied.

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She now faces three revised criminal charges after the government dismissed its original indictment. Those are one count of violating the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), one count of witness tampering, and one count of obstruction of a criminal health care investigation.

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