Amida Care Dispatching Possibly Disclosed HIV Position of its Associates

Amida Care, the New York situated not-for-profit communal health plan has informed a HIPAA breach that has possibly affected 6,231 of its associates.

Amida Care is a specialist in supplying health coverage as well as synchronized care to Medicaid associates suffering from protracted health situations like HIV.

Amida Care sent a leaflet on July 25, 2017, to a few of its associates who had become infected with HIV, counseling them of a chance to participate in an HIV research assignment. The double-sided leaflets had details of the HIV research assignment on one side, and info on an Amida Care Summer Lifetime Festival occasion on the other.

The decision had initially been made to dispatch the flyer in windowless covers, and those guidelines were delivered to the mailroom. Nevertheless, because of error in the cover printer, and to make certain people received the leaflet in time, the decision was made to send the leaflet in windowed covers.

Precaution was taken to avoid any confidential information being seen through the transparent plastic windows of the covers. A clean sheet of paper was incorporated into the patient’s name as well as address, which was noticeable through the window.

Nevertheless, although that must have stopped any information from being seen, Amida Care found out that the phrases “Your HIV detected” – on the printed leaflet – might have been discernable across the paper.

Amida has notified all patients who got the mail of the possible leak of confidential information, which was restricted to the above phrases. No other info was discernable through the paper.  Amida Care has apologized for the fault and has notified patients measures have been taken to avoid similar cases from happening in the time to come.

This is the second breach of this type to have been found this summer. Aetna transmitted a mailing to 12,000 of its members through a third-party company in July. Although the letters were dispatched inside sealed covers, particulars concerning recommended HIV medicines were readable through the plastic windows of the covers for some of those patients.