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Patients of Clinical Pathology Laboratories impacted by the AMCA Breach

 

CPL (Clinical Pathology Laboratories) in Texas was added to the list of victims of the huge breach of AMCA (American Medical Collection Agency ), a billing services vendor, which already includes victims such as LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, BioReference, and many more.

 

As per American Medical Collection Agency , on Mar. 21, 2019, they became aware about facts that indicate there was a data security incident. In May 2019, that is two months after discovering the system breach, AMCA notified the Clinical Pathology Laboratories that their patient information has been included in the AMCA data security incident. However, the security of Clinical Pathology Laboratories systems remains unaffected in this AMCA breach, as this incident is limited to systems of AMCA only.

 

The investigation is still going on. Based on information provided by the AMCA, the Clinical Pathology Laboratories officials said that patient names, phone numbers, addresses, dates of birth, account balance details, dates of service, banking or credit card information, as well as provider data got affected. Clinical history and laboratory results were not provided by Clinical Pathology Laboratories to AMCA. The social Security numbers also were not included.

 

AMCA has sent the notification letters to around 34,500 patients of Clinical Pathology Laboratories informing them about the breach. However, the investigation of CPL has determined another 2.2 million patients possibly had data breached in this incident. However, these 2.2 million patients didn't have their banking or credit card details breached during this event.

 

CPL has confirmed that impact of this data security incident has been limited to the patients whose accounts have been referred for the debt collection, and who reside in US.

 

As per a security notice, CPL said that "CPL takes the security of its patients' information very seriously, including the security of data handled by vendors. The privacy and protection of patient information is a top priority. As a result of the investigation, CPL is no longer using AMCA for collection efforts. CPL greatly appreciates the patience and loyalty of its patients as it works to respond to this incident ".

 

Anyone with questions regarding this incident or about the precautionary steps they should take can call at 833-300-6927 for more information.

 

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