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Court approves Vermont attorney general’s $55,000 HIPAA settlement with Health Net

first_imgJudge William K Sessions has approved Attorney General William Sorrell’s proposed settlement with Health Net, Inc., and Health Net of the Northeast, Inc., regarding the health insurance company’s loss of an unencrypted portable hard drive containing protected health information. The State’s complaint alleged violations of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act, and Consumer Fraud Act. The settlement approved by the court on Friday requires the defendants to pay $55,000 to the State, submit to a data-security audit, and file reports with the State regarding the company’s information security programs for the next two years.The lawsuit is Vermont’s first enforcement action under the Security Breach Notice Act and the second HIPAA enforcement action of its kind since state attorneys general were given HIPAA enforcement authority in 2009. The case arises from a portable hard drive that contained protected health information, social security numbers, and financial information of approximately 1.5 million people, including 525 Vermonters. Health Net discovered that the drive was missing on May 14, 2009 and did not start notifying affected Vermont residents until more than six month later. When it did notify Vermont residents, Health Net told them that it believed their risk of harm was ‘low’ because ‘the files on the missing drive were not saved in a format that can be easily accessible.’ The files on the unencrypted drive were in TIF (Tagged Image File) format, which can be viewed using a variety of freely available software.Health Net, Inc., and Health Net of the Northeast, Inc., cooperated with the Vermont Attorney General’s investigation of this matter and have settled similar actions in Connecticut and New York. January 26, 2011last_img read more

Eagles Camp Bubbling with Excitements as 24 Players Train

first_imgEarly birds like Ogenyi Onazi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kelechi Iheanacho, William Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Mikel Agu, Odion Ighalo, Wilfred Ndidi, Dele Alampasu, Elderson Echiejile and Tyronne Ebuehi who made it to Uyo on Monday all showed enthusiasm to cage the Cameroonian Lions on Friday. The team’s final training sessions today and tomorrow will be behind closed gates as fans and journalists are barred.Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, admitted yesterday that his wards were fully focused on what pundits have referred to as Nigeria’s biggest match of the year.“It is a big match and we are fully focused and committed. The players know what it means; they need little or no reminding of how important this match is. I am happy we have almost the full house now and can concentrate on our tactics for the game,” observed the Franco-German coach aiming to lead Nigeria to her sixth appearance at the Mundial scheduled to hold in Russia next year.Table-topping Eagles are confident of overhauling the Indomitable Lions when both teams clash in perhaps the biggest match of Africa’s Group B of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying race on Friday.Reigning African champions Cameroon come to town at a time the Eagles are fully committed to establishing an unassailable lead in the pool, and on the back of Nigeria having won the last three encounters between both nations at senior level.Cameroon won the African title in Gabon early in the year – a championship for which Nigeria failed to qualify – and then tucked three big games under their belt at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia in the summer. Yet, they have a mountain to climb against a Nigerian side ready to rise to the occasion in front of a partisan home crowd at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.The Lions will derive little comfort from glancing at the Group B table, on which they lag behind Nigeria with as many as four points, and also realize they have never beaten Nigeria in a World Cup qualifying match played in Nigeria.Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions manager, Hugo Broos on Monday admitted that the Lions face an uphill task of beating Eagles in Uyo.“If we still have the chance to qualify, we must take at least four points out of six against Nigeria.“If that is not the case, I think it will not be possible to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. It will become very difficult.“These are two important matches. And even after that there will be Zambia and Algeria, four important games,” stressed the coach who led Cameroon to win AFCON 2017 last February.Broos and the Indomitable Lions are expected to land in Uyo today.The match in Uyo is the first of two World Cup qualifiers between Nigeria and Cameroon. The second meeting is slated for the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on September 4.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Rohr: We are fully focused on claiming three points in UyoDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles camp in Uyo got off to a bubbling start yesterday as 24 players filed out for training ahead of Friday’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Cameroon.All the invited 24 players trooped out of their Ibom Meridien Hotel camp for Tuesday’s training sessions at the practice pitch of the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.Expectedly, John Mikel Obi led the team that included Abdullahi Shehu, Aaron Samuel, Moses Simon, Uche Agbo, Leon Balogun, John Ogu, Anthony Nwakaeme and Victor Moses who all arrived the Akwa Ibom capital yesterday for the first feel of the pitch.last_img read more

MLB wrap: Mets top Rockies behind strong showing from Steven Matz

first_imgGutsy effort from @Smatz88. 💪💪💪 #LGM pic.twitter.com/hzVbqBa66S— New York Mets (@Mets) June 9, 2019But Matz wasn’t the only member of the Mets to shine, as Pete Alonso and Carlos Gomez each notched home runs on the night. The man, the myth, the legend. 🤙 @RealCarlosGomez pic.twitter.com/RhHCBeKihh— New York Mets (@Mets) June 9, 2019Colorado’s Jon Gray was no slouch though and totaled eight strikeouts of his own. His team’s failure to get extra-base hits just left them short-handed. Related News Dud of the NightJorge Soler went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in the Royals’ 2-0 loss to the White Sox.HighlightAnthony Santander robbed the Astros of a home run.Which is more impressive: the catch or the throw? pic.twitter.com/KP9buNyT5o— MLB (@MLB) June 8, 2019What’s Next?Reds (28-35) at Phillies (37-27) 1:05 p.m. ET — Philadelphia has won four straight games and sits atop the NL East. Cincinnati is looking to not get swept by the Phillies this week and gain some ground in the NL Central. Steven Matz had an impressive showing on Saturday.The Mets pitcher mowed down quite a few Rockies batters in New York’s 5-3 victory over Colorado. The 28-year-old recorded 10 strikeouts through six innings of work at Citi Field. Rays prospect Brent Honeywell suffers bullpen injury, reportedly ends season The Mets are now six games back from the Phillies in the NL East and have won three of their last four contests.Studs of the NightDetroit’s JaCoby Jones hit two home runs in four at-bats to help the Tigers top the Twins 9-3.Corey Seager went 4 for 5 and hit two doubles in the Dodgers’ 7-2 win against the Giants.David Price notched 10 strikeouts in Boston’s 5-1 triumph over the Rays. Astros to call up minor league home run leader Yordan Alvarez, report says MLB trade rumors: Nationals could consider moving Max Scherzerlast_img read more