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Fifth Org. Announces Information Compromised in Agency Breach

Yet another healthcare company has announced the information of its customers may have been compromised in a breach at American Medical Collection Agency. On Monday, Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc., out of Austin, Texas, issued a press release that said the personal information of about 2.2 million of its patients may have been compromised.

The information that may have been stolen includes names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, dates of service, balance information, credit card or banking information and treatment provider information for 34,500 individuals, and names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, dates of service, balance information, credit card or banking information and treatment provider information for an additional 2.2 million individuals.

“The impact of this incident is limited to patients whose accounts were referred for debt collection and who reside in the United States,” CPL said in its announcement.

Much like the other companies that have announced their involvement with AMCA, CPL has ceased doing business with the collection agency.

CPL is the fifth healthcare organization — joining Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, Penobscot Community Health Center, and Opko Health — to come forward to share that its customers and patients may have had their information stolen from the breach, which occurred when unauthorized individuals gained access to the agency’s web-based payments page for more than eight months. AMCA has subsequently filed for bankruptcy protection because of the costs associated with recovering from the breach. It is also facing class-action lawsuits and questions from state and federal lawmakers.

To date, more than 22 million individuals have been impacted by the breach.

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