Release by Employer of Protected Health Information Disclosed at Child Custody Hearing

 

An Apex, North Carolina couple filed a civil suit in Wake County Superior Court against the husband’s former employer(s), The Woodmoor Group Inc. and Accuro Healthcare Solutions, Inc., acquired by MedAssets, Inc., for damages suffered after the company disclosed protected health information.

The couple is seeking an undisclosed amount of damages against MedAssets as a result of senior management disclosing protect health insurance information about the couple and the husband’s minor children as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The company released incorrect protected information, without a court order, authorization or verification of the requesting party, who was the husband’s former wife, unbeknownst to the couple while they and the minor children were protected by a Domestic Violence Protective Order as a result of the minor children’s mother and current husband threatening to withhold food, electricity and not allowing the children to use their facilities.

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A Motion to Dismiss by MedAssets is scheduled to be heard on October 16, 2008, in Wake County Superior Court.

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