ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Dec. 23 that All American Home Care, a home care services agency, has agreed to a $25,000 fine after allegations the company obtained personal contact information from a competing agency and used the information in commercial marketing efforts.
According to allegations, Marco Altieri was the CEO of Angels In Your Home and wanted to start his own home health care company named All American Health Care. Altieri allegedly brought the information over to All American Health Care without consumer consent. All American Health Care then used the information to call consumers asking them to switch services, Schneiderman argued. Purported conduct of this nature violates the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
“It’s unacceptable for a home care agency to try to pad its pockets by using patients’ personal information without their consent,” Schneiderman said. “My office will continue to hold accountable any company that violates a patient’s right to privacy, especially for commercial gain.”
In addition to the monetary fine, which will go toward penalties and costs of the case, All American Home Care has agreed to stop using patients’ private information for commercial purposes without the consent of its customers.