Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:42 PM EST2013-12-12 02:42:06 GMT
Police and school officials say American University's campus in the nation's capital is on lockdown after police received calls about a man with a gun. That report came in to Washington police aboutMore >>
A lockdown has been lifted at American University in Washington after police received calls about a man with a gun.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:37 PM EST2013-12-12 02:37:24 GMT
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record. "It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group.More >>
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:17 PM EST2013-12-12 02:17:20 GMT
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms. TheMore >>
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:45 PM EST2013-12-12 01:45:14 GMT
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus. Police say the robbery occurred around 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Sims Court. Three males, ages 20, 19More >>
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:14 PM EST2013-12-12 00:14:04 GMT
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat. "When I hear that furnace kick on and I don't feel cold, I jump up and I cut it down," said RooseveltMore >>
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:29 PM EST2013-12-11 23:29:33 GMT
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business 2-million dollars in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.Allegion does business in 120 countries -- but keeps its north AmericanMore >>
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business $2 million in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:28 PM EST2013-12-11 23:28:45 GMT
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew. Sunday's replay reversal, which gave the Bengals a touchdown, was a mistake. On Tuesday night, Dean Blandino, theMore >>
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-11 23:15:22 GMT
An Indianapolis pastor has been convicted of child molestation. A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday. Jetter had been working as a pastor at the Pilgrim Chapel MissionaryMore >>
A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:00 PM EST2013-12-11 23:00:14 GMT
About 50 days and 60 degrees ago, Dr. Lewis Ferebee rode a school bus to his first day of work as the new leader of Indianapolis Public Schools. He had a 100-day plan to begin improving the district.More >>
In an Eyewitness News interview, we ask IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee what he's learned, what he's done, and where he sees the school district headed.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-12-11 22:31:19 GMT
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow. Overnight temperatures will be in the range of 1 to -4 degrees. Wind chills will be evenMore >>
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow.More >>
Indianapolis - Rite Aid Corporation has agreed to pay $1 million to settle privacy violations documented by WTHR. The settlement was announced Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services following a 4-year investigation. Federal investigators launched their probe as a result of 13 Investigates' 2006 "Prescription Privacy" investigation that found Rite Aid and other national pharmacy chains jeopardized the privacy of millions of patients by placing their private healthcare information into unsecured dumpsters outside the drug stores.
Rite Aid, the nation's third largest drug store chain, has agreed to take corrective action to improve policies and procedures to safeguard the privacy of its customers when disposing of identifying information on pill bottle labels and other health information, according to a release issued by HHS. In a coordinated action, Rite Aid also signed a consent order with the Federal Trade Commission to settle violations of the FTC Act. The FTC charges Rite Aid failed to protect sensitive financial and medical information of its customers by failing to maintain adequate disposal policies and by failing to properly train its employees.
"Companies that say they will protect personal information shouldn't be tossing patient prescriptions and employment applications in an open dumpster," said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "We hope other organizations will learn from the FTC' sanction against Rite Aid to take their obligation to protect consumers' personal information seriously."
In 2006, after exposing improper disposal practices at Walgreens and CVS drug stores around the Indianapolis-metropolitan area, WTHR traveled to pharmacies in other cities to see if the drug store chains engaged in similar privacy violations there, as well. From Miami and Denver to Boston and Phoenix, WTHR discovered the nation's largest drug stores repeatedly threw away sensitive patient information into unsecured dumpsters. While Rite Aid does not operate any pharmacies in central Indiana, 13 Investigates did find sensitive patient information in Rite Aid dumpsters in Cleveland, Louisville, Philadelphia, Denver and the Detroit metropolitan areas. The FTC and HHS' Office of Civil Rights began investigating the privacy breaches after viewing WTHR's investigation.
"The video and TV reports not only helped to bring the particular incidents to our attention, but it was also a way to bring these widespread practices to light," said Susan McAndrew, of HHS' Office of Civil Rights. "We were particularly interested in making sure the large pharmacy chains were investigated."
Today's announcement marks the second-largest settlement in U.S. history for a company charged with violating patient privacy regulations established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The largest settlement -- a $2.25 million settlement agreement announced last year between HHS and CVS – also resulted from WTHR's "Prescription Privacy" investigation. In the coming months, federal regulators are expected to announce the results of their ongoing investigation into apparent privacy violations WTHR documented at multiple Walgreens locations.
"I think it would be highly unlikely for Walgreens to get off scott-free given the fact there's been enforcement action against the other two pharmacies," said Joan Antokol, an international privacy specialist and attorney at Indianapolis-based Park International law firm. "I certainly think we will see enforcement against Walgreens, as well. Unless there are circumstances we are not aware of, it might be a case where regulators are saving their biggest [settlement] for last."
Walgreens says operates more than 8,000 drug stores nationwide, CVS has more than 7,000 pharmacies, and Rite Aid operates approximately 4,800.
While Rite Aid does not admit any formal HIPAA violations, McAndrew says regulators found significant "indications of non-compliance" that suggest Rite Aid failed to meet federal privacy rules and standards with which the company is required to comply.
Rite Aid spokeswoman Cheryl Slavinsky issued the following statement in response to the settlement:
"In the fall of 2007 Rite Aid immediately cooperated with FTC's request for an investigation. We began to review and strengthen procedures we already had in place which included increasing associate awareness and making sure when disposing of any patient information that the information went into a special bag that was to be taken back to our distribution centers and destroyed. We have also been enhancing our HIPPA training program to allow for better training and monitoring. We will continue to work with the FTC and HHS to make sure our comprehensive policies and procedures are working and being followed across the chain. We are not aware of any harmful incidents arising to customers or patients from the incidents."
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:42 PM EST2013-12-12 00:42:56 GMT
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof. Sources tell Eyewitness News a plan is in the works that would consolidateMore >>
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-11-27 23:21:46 GMT
It's a case that has baffled police for decades. On November 17th, 2013, it will be 35 years since four young workers were kidnapped from the Speedway Burger Chef and killed. There were four victimsMore >>
It's one of the state's most heinous crimes. 35 years later, the Burger Chef murder case is still unsolved. Now, Eyewitness News has uncovered a new theory connected to the investigation that focuses on another Burger Chef restaurant.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-12-11 03:45:01 GMT
There are major changes ahead for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track. TheMore >>
Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:50 AM EST2013-12-11 07:50:40 GMT
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. The jackpot is approaching a new record for Friday night, estimated at $400 million. The winning numbers forMore >>
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:00 AM EST2013-12-11 05:00:46 GMT
Metro Police are investigating a home break-in, in which thieves stole Christmas from an east side Indianapolis family.Anita Barnes says faith and family are the heart of the holidays.She decorated herMore >>
Metro police are investigating a home break-in in which thieves stole Christmas from an east Indianapolis family.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:49 AM EST2013-12-11 10:49:15 GMT
A Greenwood family escaped from a fire overnight in the 800 block of Ramblin Road. White River Township Fire Department was assisted by Greenwood Fire in fighting the building fire. The family ofMore >>
Greenwood family of four escapes building fire overnight.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:23 PM EST2013-12-11 01:23:04 GMT
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Stephanie Hicks was charged TuesdayMore >>
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-10 23:37:33 GMT
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough. Parc Bordeaux Apartments residents are fed up with thieves who have repeatedly targeted their complex. The most recentMore >>
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:28 PM EST2013-12-11 17:28:11 GMT
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion. The Ireland-based company was spun off from Ingersoll Rand last week. It willMore >>
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion.More >>