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ANALYSIS: HIPAA Vendor Breach Epidemic Treatable with Right Care

Sept. 12, 2019, 10:50 AM

The American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) data breach led to bankruptcy, class action suits, and congressional interest in health care providers’ vendor selection and management practices. Since I wrote about the AMCA saga in July, the numbers have risen: Almost 25 million individuals’ protected health information (PHI) was compromised across 24 health care companies’ records.

AMCA declared bankruptcy due to loss of business and the high costs of breach notification. Numerous class action suits were filed against both AMCA and the health care organizations. Congress has vowed to get involved. The AMCA breach has been a dire warning to HIPAA-covered ...

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