“If companies don`t maintain the kind of security measures that protect sensitive consumer information, cybercriminals are more likely to be in breach,” said Paul R. Rodriguez, director of the Consumer Protection Department. “This regulation should serve as a message to all New Jersey businesses regarding patient care that there are consequences if the data they normally require from consumers – and in many cases – is not protected.” The transaction resolves complaints filed by several whistleblowers under the False Claims Act provisions that allow private parties to file a complaint on behalf of the government and obtain a portion of the government`s recovery. These Storytellers are Kathleen Bryant, former Director of Health Information Management at CHS Heritage Medical Center in Shelbyville, Tennessee; Rachel Bryant, former nurse at CHS DYersburg Hospital in Dyersburg, Tennessee; Bryan Carnithan, former Emergency Medical Services Coordinator at CHS HEARTland Hospital in Marion, Illinois; Amy Cook-Reska, former coder for CHS` LMC in Laredo; Sheree Cook, former nurse at CHS HERITAGE Medical Center in Shelbyville; James Doghramji, former interior physician and emergency physician at CHESTNUT Hill Hospital in Philadelphia; Thomas Mason, former emergency physician at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, North Carolina; Scott Plantz, former emergency physician at CHS Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview, Texas; and Nancy Reuille, former nurse and case management supervisor at CHS Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The share of evaluators in the tally has not yet been determined. The complaints are under the title United States ex rel. Bryant v. Community Health Systems, Inc., et al., Case No. 10-2695 (S.D. Tex.); United States ex rel. Carnithan v.
Community Health Systems, Inc., et al., case No. 11-cv-312 (S.D. II.); United States ex rel. Cook-Reska v. Community Health Systems, Inc., et al., case 4:09-cv01565 (S.D. Tex).) United States ex rel. James Doghramji; Sheree Cook; and Rachel Bryant v. Community Health Systems Inc., et al., Case No. 3-11-cv-00442 (M.D. Tenn.); United States ex rel. Mason v.
Community Health Systems, Inc., et al., case 3:12-cv-817 (W.D.N.C.); United States ex rel. Plantz v. Community Health Systems, Inc., et al., case No. 10C-0959 (N.D. III.); United States ex rel. Reuille v. Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation, et al., Case No. 1:09-cv-007RL (N.D. Ind.). The claims that have been resolved by this agreement are merely allegations and no guarantee of liability has been taken.