Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Medical Office Insider Guilty of Patient ID Thefts

A billing specialist at a Kentucky medical practice stole patient identities and used the information to secure loans from online lenders for her own use.

She had been indicted by a federal grand jury on identity theft and using patient information under false pretenses in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Last week she pleaded guilty to some of the charges.

"[She] disclosed individually identifiable health information to another person...with intent to use the individually identifiable health information for commercial advantage and personal gain." -

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(a) Woman pleads guilty to identity theft, wire fraud - www.Messenger-Inquirer.com, 12/18/2014

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