Lessons from $4.1 Million Settlement in Medical Privacy Class Action Lawsuit

Lessons from $4.1 Million Settlement in Medical Privacy Class Action Lawsuit

Stanford Hospital and Clinics contracted with a business associate, Multi-Specialty Collection Services (MSCS), to perform a revenue cycle review.  Using data supplied by Stanford in an encrypted format, MSCS generated a spreadsheet listing the names, diagnosis codes, account numbers, admission and discharge dates, and billing charges for 20,000 patients seen at the hospital’s emergency room during a six-month period in 2009.