Notice to patients: potential breach of protected health information

19 Sep 2017

 

DRAFT 8/23/17

 

NOTICE TO PATIENTS

 

 

On November 30, 2016 Regional Urology, L.L.C. discovered a potential breach of protected health information (PHI) relating to a data research study in which patients that received penile implants were enrolled in this study without their knowledge or consent. This breach likely occurred during the time period of June 15, 2011 to January 20, 2017. Regional Urology believes this may have included medical charts relative to a Data Registry study that were moved to a physician’s home without the knowledge of Regional Urology. Information involved in the breach includes, but is not limited to, patient names, addresses, phone numbers, medical charts, and other information of persons who participated in this study. Notwithstanding, Regional Urology does not believe that this PHI or these medical records were used for any other purpose but because they were removed without Regional Urology’s approval, Regional Urology is providing this notice as a caution to its patients. The persons involved in this potential breach have been disciplined and it is believed any potential harm has been mitigated. Regional Urology has conducted a security audit and has notified the proper persons of this breach and continues to provide HIPAA compliant education to its staff.

We also advise you to immediately take the following steps:

  • Call the toll-free numbers of any of the three major credit bureaus (below) to place a fraud alert on your credit report. This can help prevent an identity thief from opening additional accounts in your name. As soon as the credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will automatically be notified to place alerts on your credit report, and all three bureaus will provide you a copy of your credit report free of charge.

Equifax;(888)766-0008 Equifax Fraud Alerts. General: (800) 685-1111, P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241.

Experian(888) 397-3742;Experian Fraud Alerts. General: (888) 397-3742; 475 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Transunion (800) 680-7289 (888-909-8872 for freeze); Transunion Fraud Alerts; TransUnion Fraud Victim Assistance Department, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022-2000. General: (800) 680-7289; P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022-2000

  • Order your credit reports. By establishing a fraud alert, you will receive a follow-up letter that will explain how you can receive a free copy of your credit report. When you receive your credit report, examine it closely and look for signs of fraud, such as credit accounts that are not yours.
  • Continue to monitor your credit reports. Even though a fraud alert has been placed on your account, you should continue to monitor your credit reports to ensure an imposter has not opened an account with your personal information.

To help ensure that this information is not used inappropriately, we will cover the cost for one year for you to receive credit monitoring. To take advantage of this offer or request additional information on what you should do as a result of the breach, please contact us toll free at 1-833-539-6507

Sincerely,

Regional Urology, L.L.C.

 

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