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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

Staunch defense carries MDI boys’ basketball team past Ellsworth

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island boys’ basketball team’s first game of 2019 left a bitter taste in its mouth. Against a familiar foe, the Trojans were determined to make amends. Seven days after a 50-48 defeat to Oceanside in Rockland, MDI finally took to the court again, this time in front of their home fans. Playing on their own floor for the first time in two weeks, the Trojans weren’t going to let the opportunity before them go to waste.“We wanted this,” MDI senior Eli Parady said. “In that game against Oceanside, we were winning the entire first half, but we let it get away. We wanted to show up and remind ourselves and our fans we’re better than that.”On Friday, that chance came for MDI when the Ellsworth Eagles came to town. The Trojans responded with a 58-38 victory that saw the home team fluster the visitors on the defensive end to earn bragging rights on the boys’ side in the battle of Hancock County’s largest high schools.MDI’s Drew Shea shoots over Ellsworth’s Colin Lacasse during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game Jan. 11 in Bar Harbor. Shea’s six points in the first quarter gave the Trojans an early lead over the Eagles. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“This is probably the best we’ve looked on defense all season,” MDI head coach Justin Norwood said. “Against a team like Ellsworth that can score a lot of points, you want to set the tone and not let them dictate the game. I felt we did a pretty good job of that all game long.”Both teams got off to hot starts with Drew Shea scoring three early baskets for MDI (7-2) and Ellsworth’s Devin Grindle and Austin Harris hitting 3-pointers. Yet the Trojans held a 14-8 lead after the first quarter of play and extended that to 30-14 at halftime with seven second-quarter points from Derek Collin.After the break, though, freshman Hunter Curtis scored eight points to spark a monster third quarter for the Eagles (6-4), who scored 20 as a team to cut the Trojans’ lead to as few as five points. Down eight entering the fourth quarter, the game was still in reach for an Ellsworth team that was hoping to capitalize on its offensive momentum.Instead, MDI produced a defensive masterclass in the final eight minutes, during which the Eagles scored just four points. Offensively, Parady scored eight points in the fourth quarter for the Trojans as the home team regained its double-digit lead and cruised to its fifth straight win over Ellsworth.“After the third quarter, Coach kind of sat us down and got our heads back in the game,” Parady said. “He just said, ‘Guys, you’ve got to show how bad you want, finish strong on defense and put it away.’ That really motivated us and fired us up, and we came out on fire.”Collin led MDI with a game-high 15 points, and Parady was the team’s No. 2 scorer with 12. The Trojans’ other scorers were Brett Duley with nine points, Shea with eight, Steven Pierce with seven, Kyle Nicholson with nine and Porter Isaacs with two.MDI’s Eli Parady drives to the basket against Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis during the second half of a high school boys’ basketball game Jan. 11 in Bar Harbor. Parady netted eight fourth-quarter points for the Trojans, who outscored Ellsworth 16-4 in the final frame. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLHunter Curtis scored a team-high 10 points for Ellsworth, which got nine from Jackson Curtis, seven from Austin Harris, six from Devin Grindle and three apiece from Darby Barry and Connor Crawford. Holding Jackson Curtis, the Big East Conference’s No. 2 scorer, to single digits was a major factor in MDI’s win.“Jackson is an All-Conference player, and he has a good skill set that’s not easy to stop,” Norwood said. “We felt we would have a really good chance if we could just contain him to a certain degree and play good defense on their other scorers, and that’s exactly what happened.”Ellsworth is scheduled to play on the road against Belfast at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 12. The Eagles will be back in action again Tuesday, Jan. 15, when they host Old Town (2-10) at 7 p.m.MDI is scheduled to host Orono (6-4) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That will be the final game before the Trojans begin a four-game road stand, which will commence with games against an undefeated Hermon team at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, before tipping off at that time Jan. 21 against an Old Town squad that gave Norwood’s group all it could handle in the season opener.“There are no nights off in this conference, and that’s especially true this time of year,” Norwood said. “Whether you’re first or 16th, you can beat anyone and lose to anyone. Everybody’s fighting for those points in the standings, and you have to be prepared every game.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Postscenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Biolast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s season-ending loss to Johns Hopkins

first_img Published on May 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Second-seeded Syracuse’s (13-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) comeback fell just short, as Johns Hopkins (11-6, 4-1 Big Ten) beat the Orange, 16-15, to advance to the NCAA tournament final four. Here are three quick observations from the Orange’s season-ending loss on Sunday. On the SchneidJohns Hopkins goalie Eric Schneider was the difference-maker on Sunday, totaling 15 saves and sprawling out on numerous occasions to prevent would-be Syracuse goals.Whether it was in a near-split position, from his knees or interrupting a scrum in front of his net, the senior netminder came to the rescue for the Blue Jays throughout the game. SU goalie Bobby Wardwell was no slouch, tying a career high with 14 saves of his own, but it came on probably the only day when he wouldn’t be the best goalie on the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTurned overSU head coach John Desko has said that if his team has one weakness, it’s turning the ball over. His statement came to fruition — especially late in the game — as the Orange gave away multiple possessions when it needed them most. With Hopkins holding a three-goal lead and the clock ticking under six minutes in the fourth, SU defender Jay McDermott overthrew Sean Young on a cross-field pass and Young barely kept the ball in bounds. Young then nearly missed Wardwell, who, after being pressured, threw the ball near nobody and out of bounds.In total, Syracuse turned the ball over 12 times compared to JHU’s six and wasted far too many possessions. Twice as nice Brothers Shack and Wells Stanwick were simply too much for the Orange to handle.The two combined for eight goals and four assists, and Wells Stanwick’s buzzer-beating goal at the end of the third quarter gave Johns Hopkins a three-goal cushion that SU would never recover from.He scored JHU’s first three goals of the game and Shack Stanwick netted two at the start of the second half, both assisted by his older brother. In the end, the two provided a second and third dimension on top of primary attack Ryan Brown, which was too dynamic for Syracuse to defend. Commentslast_img read more