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Anthem Business Associate Data Breach Impacts 18,500 Plan Holders

Author: HIPAA Journal / Source: HIPAA Journal

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Anthem Inc., has only recently settled the lawsuit arising from its 2015 data breach that affected 78.8 million plan holders. Now, thousands of its members are being notified that their protected health information has been exposed in another incident.

This time it was not a cyberattack, but a data breach involving an employee of one of its business associates, Indiana-based LaunchPoint Ventures LLC. LaunchPoint is contracted to provide coordination services, for which it required to be provided with access to plan members’ protected health information.

On April 12, 2017, LaunchPoint became aware that one of its employees was alleged to have been involved in identity theft related activities, prompting the firm to launch an investigation into the possibility of data theft. The business associate hired the services of a third-party forensic firm to assist with the investigation.

On May 28, 2017, LaunchPoint learned that…

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