Business Associate Breach Puts 3.3 Million Patient’s Data at Risk

A BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) Business Associate that provides Healthcare Insurance ID cards recently reported an unauthorized access to one of its servers that contained member information. The breach may have exposed the personal information of up to 3.3 million members of insurance plans, including BCBS.

The business associate discovered a server was accessed without authorization on July 6th and immediately shut it down. An investigation by a third party forensic investigator was opened to determine the extent of the breach. The data included information such as patient names, dates of birth, dependent names, primary care providers, Medicaid ID numbers and addresses of patients.

The company mailed letters to those affected, explaining the extent of the breach and offering two years of free identity protection. The investigation continues and federal law enforcement has been contacted.

EthiCare offers HIPAA Compliance Solutions to help you comply with the stringent requirements of HIPAA and to protect your business.

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