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Florida physician contractor group to pay $500K to settle HIPAA violations

December 04, 2018 / Paige Minemyer

A Florida-based contractor physician group will pay $500,000 to settle HIPAA violations after data on more than 9,000 patients were posted online. Advanced Care Hospitalists PL, which provides internal medicine doctors to hospitals and nursing facilities in the western part of the state, has also agreed to a corrective action plan as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act settlement, the Department of Health and Human Services announced.  Between November 2011 and June 2012, ACH worked with an individual who claimed to be a representative of Doctor’s First Choice Billings Inc. for billing services. This person provided services to ACH using First Choice’s website and its branding but operated without knowledge of the Florida-based company’s owner, according to HHS.