Jersey City Medical Center is offering an undisclosed number of patients a year of identity protection services after an unencrypted CD shipped to a New Jersey Medicaid payment review contractor never arrived at its destination.
The CD, containing information that the state requires, was scheduled to arrive via UPS on June 16 and the shipper informed the hospital on July 22 that the package had not yet been found, according to a statement from the hospital.
Information on the CD included patient names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, medical record numbers, admission and discharge dates, outpatient or inpatient designation, financial charges incurred and paid, insurance carriers, number of days care was received, type of claim generated and revenue code.
Jersey City Medical Center is not disclosing the number of affected patients, but will have to provide the number to the HHS Office for Civil Rights if it has not yet done so. In the statement, the hospital said it has implemented measures to prevent such a breach in the future. Spokespersons at parent company Liberty Health did not respond to a telephone request for additional information on the new measures and other aspects of the breach.
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