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California AG Sends Letters Reminding Pharmacies and Health Data Companies of Consumer Privacy Obligations

California AG Rob Bonta issued letters to eight large pharmacy chains and five health data companies reminding the companies of their obligations to comply with California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) and new requirements from Assembly Bill (AB 352), that went into effect on July 1, 2024. The letters remind the pharmacies that the CMIA prohibits…

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Federal Agencies Launch Public Portal to Bring Health Care Costs Back into Orbit

The FTC, U.S. DOJ, and HHS have launched an online portal for the public to report potentially unfair and anticompetitive health care practices to the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the DOJ. Complaints submitted to the online portal,, will be reviewed by FTC staff and the Antitrust Division of the DOJ; complaints determined…

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Washington AG Secures Judgment Against Debt Collection Agency over Medical Debt Practices

Washington AG Bob Ferguson has secured a court order imposing civil penalties on Optimum Outcomes, Inc. for the debt collection agency’s alleged failure to comply with the state’s Consumer Protection Act when it collected medical debt payments from consumers without including legally mandated disclosures in its communications. According to the AG’s office, Optimum Outcomes entered…

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Indiana AG Sues Apria Healthcare for Data Breach(ing HIPAA Duties)

Indiana AG Todd Rokita sued home healthcare equipment and services provider Apria Healthcare, LLC for allegedly failing to investigate and inform consumers regarding data breaches beginning in 2019 in violation of state data security and consumer protection laws and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. According to the complaint, Apria allegedly failed to…

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