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Posted on: Nov 5, 2018

It's all too common today - your bank, your school, your favorite on-line shopping service sends you a notice that your online data has been compromised.
 
But what happens when your employer's workers' compensation insurance company sends you a notice that your private medical information has been inadvertently sent to an unauthorized recipient?
 
Over the past several weeks, many injured workers have received notification from carriers that their medical information was sent to a person or persons who should not have received it. The letters contain no greater detail.
 
So, what's really going on?
 
As a result of investigations performed outside of California, it was discovered that a physician who had lost his license had assumed the identity of licensed physicians and had contracted with a utilization review company to provide services in several states, including California.
 
The non-physician made determinations denying care to California injured workers. While it was appropriate for carriers to notify the worker of the data breach, there was no notification of the wrongly-denied medical care. Nor does it appear the administration has taken any remedial steps to provide relief to those who were wrongly denied care.

NEW ETHICS RULES TAKE EFFECT
Nearly 70 new and amended Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the State Bar of California took effect on Thursday, November 1.
 
Highlights include the prohibition of harassment and discrimination in client representation and law firm operations, guidance in areas where state law differs from federal law, and stricter guidelines on sexual relationships with clients.
 
More information can be found in the press release issued by the State Bar here.
 
To view all current rules, click here.
For the Client Trust Accounting Handbook, click here.