All-American Home Care (AAHC), understand that the New York State Office of the Attorney General (“AG’s Office”) has issued a press release announcing that the AG’s Office has executed an Assurance of Discontinuance between the AG’s Office and AAHC, concluding an investigation into alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). AAHC’s employees cooperated fully with the AG’s Office.
The Assurance of Discontinuance pointedly states that AAHC has not admitted any of the factual allegations made by the AG’s Office. The Assurance explicitly makes clear this is not an admission of liability and should not be construed to create any liability to any third party.
The Assurance alleges that AAHC’s use of patient telephone numbers violated HIPPA. To AAHC’s knowledge, the AG’s interpretation of HIPAA as utilized in its findings had never before been applied to an authorized fiscal intermediary like AAHC. Nevertheless, AAHC takes its responsibilities under HIPAA seriously and is willing to abide by the restrictions the Assurance contains on a going-forward basis. AAHC has been assured that other fiscal intermediaries will also be similarly restricted.
Frankly, it would have cost far more money to litigate the meaning of HIPPA language than it did to settle the matter. AAHC accepted the AG’s settlement offer so that it can move forward and continue to focus on its core mission of providing compassionate and highly skilled home care for seniors and people with disabilities.
AAHC has been approved by the New York State Department of Health as a fiscal intermediary and is authorized to provide aides to recipients of home health services throughout New York State. Most of AAHC’s employees have been employed in the field for years and have established long and abiding contacts with the recipient community.
“I along with the management team am eager to move forward and continue to help our fellow Upstate neighbors by providing exceptional consumer-focused home care services to people who want an independent life”, said Marco Altieri CEO. Mr. Altieri has spent his entire career in the human services sector. He has been recognized by colleagues and the community as a passionate advocate for patient rights and people with disabilities.