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Conn. Attorney General Looking at Patient Record Requests

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 11, 2010

The Connecticut Insurance Department and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal are investigating a health insurer's requests for patient records, reports the Hartford Courant. Several of the state's doctors have received faxed requests from Ingenix, a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare. A spokesperson for that company said the information is necessary so that Ingenix can review charts to "improve the accuracy of diagnosis-related data in claims that are used to support Medicare risk adjustments for the plans," and that Ingenix "performed this service under contract with the health plans and consistent with federal regulations." A spokesperson for the state's medical society, however, says the requests appear unsubstantiated.  
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