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Free Credit Monitoring Available for WV Health Consumers Impacted by Breach
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 01:40 Updated 2 weeks ago From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
Community Health Systems, or CHS, operates a number of hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices in Southern West Virginia. Last month, the company announced that it had been the victim of a data breach and that some non-medical patient information may have been impacted.
“We encourage anyone who may have been impacted by the data breach to use the free credit monitoring services that the company is offering,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Patients also should carefully review any and all bills, invoices, and statements to ensure everything is correct.”
On Aug. 19, 2014, Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation, commonly known by its trade names CHS and Community Health Systems, publicly reported a data breach affecting at least 4.5 million patients nationwide. The following clinics were affected in West Virginia:
- Oak Hill Clinic Corp.
- Oak Hill Hospital Corp.
- Bluefield Clinic Company, LLC
- Greenbrier Valley Anesthesia, LLC
- Greenbrier Valley Emergency Physicians
- Ronceverte Physician Group
CHS recently sent letters to individuals whose information was taken in this cyber-attack informing them about the data breach and how to enroll in free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services. Affected consumers can expect to receive a notification letter from CHS in the near future. If a consumer actually becomes a victim of identity theft because of the breach, restoration services will be provided free of charge.
Consumers with questions or concerns about this cyber-attack are encouraged to contact 1-855-205-6951 toll-free. For information on preventing identity theft or to report suspicious activity, contact the West Virginia Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 or the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338. Free information also is available online at either www.ago.wv.gov or www.ftc.gov.