Monthly Archives: December 2013

Copiers Don’t Easily Forget and HHS Doesn’t Easily Forgive

In 2010, Affinity Health Plan, Inc., a New York not-for-profit managed care plan, received some bad news after learning that it was an unwitting player in a CBS Evening News investigation on leased photocopiers. In its investigation, CBS went to a New Jersey warehouse and purchased several photocopiers, which included one previously leased by Affinity. With little effort, CBS was able to retrieve 300 pages of medical records from the Affinity photocopier’s hard drive, including patient test results, diagnostic assessments, and drug prescriptions. As a result, Affinity was required to file a breach report with the U.S. Department of Health …