Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:38:55 GMT
You paid for it. Now the question is, where is it? Tonight at 11:00 pm, 13 Investigates has discovered the State of Indiana has thousands of items classified as lost or missing. Some of it is stuff youMore >>
What is the state doing with a concert grand piano and a robotic deer? And why are these items - and others - missing?
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:04:14 GMT
It's been 24 hours since news broke of a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at the City-County Building confiscating files from the Indy Land Bank program. The federal investigation also led to the arrestMore >>
Mayor Ballard held a news conference this morning hoping to shine light on several significant construction projects going around the city this season. Instead, all anyone wanted to talk about was the federal investigation into the Land Bank program, what he knew, when and why he didn't say something sooner.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:09:50 GMT
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and has invoked her constitutional right to notMore >>
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and has invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:56:01 GMT
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone. A call to a home phone this week showed up on the screen as "private name,More >>
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:55 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:55:33 GMT
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on. GarciaMore >>
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:46 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:46:45 GMT
In a community used to experiencing tornadoes, many in Moore, Oklahoma are in a state of shock. "This was the storm of storms," said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Monday's tornado was categorizedMore >>
The mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb battered by a monstrous tornado says he is pushing to require safe-room shelters in all new homes.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:35:19 GMT
A $3.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will help place about 90 teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools. Some $2 million of that grant to The Mind Trust will go toward adding 40 people to theMore >>
A $3.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will help place about 90 teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools.More >>
CVS, which operates more than 6,000 pharmacies, has agreed to pay the record-setting settlement and implement a "robust corrective action plan" after WTHR found the company was tossing its customers' private healthcare records into unsecured dumpsters in Indianapolis and other cities nationwide.
"This is a very important settlement," said Robinsue Frohboese, acting director of HHS' Office for Civil Rights. "The millions of customers who go to CVS pharmacies will now have the confidence that their very personal healthcare information will, in fact, be protected."
During its investigation, HHS found that CVS failed to implement adequate policies and procedures to reasonably and appropriately safeguard protected health information during the disposal process; failed to adequately train employees on how to dispose of such information properly; and did not maintain and implement a sanctions policy for members of its workforce who failed to comply with its disposal policies and procedures.
Frohboese said WTHR's 2006 investigation "formed the basis of the [federal] investigation," which was launched after Indianapolis-area CVS customers filed complaints with the Office of Civil Rights.
Jackie Wright was one of those customers.
Wright felt betrayed by her drugstore after learning her family's healthcare records were among dozens of private healthcare documents WTHR found in a dumpster behind a northwest side CVS.
"They are supposed to be shredding it, getting rid of it and destroying it - not throwing it in the dumpster where people can get your personal information," she told WTHR in June 2006. Soon after, Wright filed a federal HIPAA complaint, alleging that CVS failed to protect her privacy.
She heard nothing about her complaint -- until today.
"I thought everybody forgot about it and that nobody really cared," she said. "But $2.25 million, that's a lot of money... $2.25 million says they do think about what you say."
Unfortunately for Wright, complainants will not get any of the pay-out. HHS says all of the settlement money has been deposited into the US Treasury and will be used to investigate other cases involving companies accused of violating healthcare privacy regulations.
As part of its 20-page settlement, CVS is required to fully implement an action plan designed to protect patient information from being discarded into unsecured dumpsters. The plan will be monitored for 20 years by the Federal Trade Commission, which assisted the Office For Civil Rights in the investigation, marking the first time the agencies have worked together to enforce violations of the nation's healthcare privacy law.
Much of CVS's corrective action plan was developed in late 2006 after 13 Investigates expanded its investigation to show the company's privacy violations extended far beyond Indianapolis
In summer and fall of 2006, WTHR visited cities across the nation and, despite assurances from CVS that it had taken corrective measures at its pharmacies, 13 Investigates found the company was still failing to protect customer privacy. WTHR found protected patient records in CVS dumpsters in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Dallas, Louisville, Miami, New Haven (Conn.), Philadelphia, and Phoenix. 13 Investigates also found hundreds of private customer records tossed into CVS dumpsters in Woonsocket, R.I., which is home to CVS world headquarters. The investigation also revealed similar problems at Walgreens and RiteAid pharmacies, the country's second and third largest drugstore chains.
On Wednesday, CVS released a statement saying it agreed to the settlement "to avoid the time and expense of further legal proceedings" and the "company denied engaging in any wrongful conduct."
But that contradicts earlier statements made by corporate officials.
Two years ago, when 13 Investigates went to CVS headquarters to show what we found, CVS privacy officer Christine Egan admitted "We are not safeguarding customer privacy as we are required to do... It's sad and intolerable."
Today's agreement is only the second monetary settlement involving HIPAA violations since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act took effect in 2003, and the $2.25 million figure shatters the previous settlement. In July 2008, HHS entered into its first HIPAA settlement agreement with Seattle-based Providence Health & Services. The company paid $100,000 stemming from lost and stolen computers containing health information.
Federal regulators say they hope this latest settlement will help them promote the importance of protecting healthcare information, and HHS has posted a tip sheet for other businesses to learn from CVS' mistakes.
"The Office For Civil Rights is using this opportunity to get good information out to healthcare providers about appropriate ways to dispose of personal health information," Frohboese said.
HHS won't comment on the possibility of a settlement agreement with Walgreens and other pharmacies involved in WTHR's Prescription Privacy investigation, which also prompted formal complaints against CVS and Walgreens by the Indiana Attorney General. Those cases are still pending before the Indiana Board of Pharmacy.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:37:26 GMT
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement. St. Joseph SuperiorMore >>
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:21 AM EDT2013-05-22 09:21:57 GMT
State health officials are urging people to be careful as they head for Indiana's lakes and other bodies of water for summer recreation. The Indiana State Department of Health this week issued a listMore >>
State health officials are urging people to be careful as they head for Indiana's lakes and other bodies of water for summer recreation.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:50:23 GMT
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching offices at the Indianapolis City-County Building Tuesday. Several city employees have been arrested. The Department of Metropolitan Development DirectorMore >>
Two city employees and three others are accused of using a city program aimed at tackling the abandoned house problem and turning it into a money-making venture. The five face charges involving wire fraud and bribery.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:52:29 GMT
We've seen the damage from Oklahoma, hundreds of homes leveled. You have also seen those that survived a direct hit did so in a storm shelter. Storms shelters have not caught on in Indiana like otherMore >>
Storm shelters haven't caught on in Indiana like in some states along Tornado Alley, but more Hoosiers are making the investment to keep their families safe.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:24 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:24:20 GMT
Organizers of a summer camp for children of military families say the program will go on this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite losing federal funding. Operators of Indiana Operation:More >>
Organizers of a summer camp for children of military families say the program will go on this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite losing federal funding.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:22 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:22:57 GMT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add three Superfund sites in Indiana to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites. The EPA proposed Tuesday adding Superfund sites inMore >>
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add three Superfund sites in Indiana to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:57 GMT
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off. Zeller's stock has gone up considerably after his performance last week at the NBA Combine in Chicago.More >>
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:01:00 GMT
Police arrested a semi driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit after a tip from a motorist in Grant County. State troopers monitoring a work zone on I-69 near the 271More >>
Police arrested a semi driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit after a tip from a motorist in Grant County.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:47 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:47:04 GMT
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day. And the track has a lot of family-friendly events planned. Community Day is a fan favoriteMore >>
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day and a Pacers playoff game tonight. Threre are plenty of fan-friendly events planned for both.More >>