Banner Health in Arizona has responded to a recent commentary I wrote on its response to a major breach of protected health information. Banner points out errors in the story and acknowledges missteps of its own. And I, the reporter, did make a crucial mistake.
The organization sent copies of its twice-yearly Smart & Healthy magazine to more than 50,000 beneficiaries of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization, primarily in Maricopa County. The address labels, which came from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, included recipients Medicare numbers, which include or are identical to Social Security numbers.
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