Community Health Systems, which owns, manages or leases 206 hospitals in 29 states, has been hacked with protected health information covering 4.5 million patients compromised.

The Franklin, Tenn.-based company will be offering affected patients identity theft protection services, it disclosed in an August 18 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The hackers, believed to be operating out of China, copied and transferred non-medical patient identification data from physician practice operations that included names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers.

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