Report: CVS Caremark errs in sending medical info

Report: CVS Caremark mistakenly sends medical information to wrong health insurance recipients

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- A newspaper reports CVS Caremark Corp. mistakenly gave information about the medical conditions and medications of people covered by one health insurance plan to about 3,500 people enrolled in another plan.

The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/GVAiQZ ) reported Friday that CVS Caremark said a "programming error" caused it to mistakenly send the information to members of Tufts Health Plan's Medicare Preferred Plan to members of another Tufts Health Plan program.

The Rhode Island-based company said the information went to the wrong addresses in January and February, and included another member's name, the name of a prescribed drug, and what the medication is used for. Financial account numbers weren't included. The company believes the information has not been used improperly.

Watertown-based Tufts Health Plan operates in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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