Banner Health in Arizona recently suffered a serious breach of protected health information after sending copies of its twice-yearly Smart & Healthy magazine to 50,000 beneficiaries of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization in Maricopa County.
The problem was that recipients Social Security or Medicare numbers were on the address label. Affected patients have been notified, as has local media. Independent Newspapers Inc., which covers several regions in the state, reported that Banner is offering beneficiaries free credit monitoring services.
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