Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., recently notified 113 patients or next of kin that documents containing their name and Social Security number were stolen on January 1.
The News Journal in Wilmington reported the breach on March 3, noting that the hospital "did not disclose the security breach to the general public until news media began calling." However, provider organizations are not required to publicly report breaches that affect less than 500 individuals, although breaches of all sizes are reportable to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.
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