Medical billing and revenue management services firm Accretive Health has settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that its inadequate data security exposed sensitive consumer information. The FTC said the company, which had access to such sensitive data as birthdays, names, Social Security numbers and billing information, failed to provide “reasonable and appropriate” security measures to protect the data and failed to ensure employees destroyed data that was no longer needed. Accretive must now establish a comprehensive program to be audited every two years for the next 20 years. Meanwhile, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill has recused herself from the case against LabMD.
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