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Wichita health care practice had HIPAA information breach

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — New Medical Health Care and Restoration Health, also known as New Medical, announced Thursday it had discovered that some patients were affected by a HIPAA breach of information.

According to the CDC, “the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.”

A news release says New Medical recently discovered a person who was employed by New Medical in Oct. 2022 provided a patient list to someone who was not employed with the practice and did not have the authorization to receive the list.

New Medical says the person who received the list was assisting a physician who was departing the practice. They believe the person received the list around Oct. 27, 2022. and provided it to the physician who left the practice.

New Medical says they only recently discovered the list was shared and likely used to contact the patients and set appointments at the new practice of the departed physician. They say they do not believe it was used for identity or medical ID theft.

The information stolen consisted of names, phone numbers, addresses, emails, birthdays, and other demographic information.

“It may have also included the name and/or address of a patient’s employer, patient’s emergency contact information, name and address of the patient’s guarantor, preferred pharmacy, and information about insurance including subscriber number and group number. The documents did not include any medical or diagnosis information, and no financial information, credit card/debit card numbers, bank account numbers or social security numbers were included,” A news release said.

If your personal information has been compromised, New Medical says they will notify you to provide additional information.

A toll-free number is available for those patients with further questions: 877-522-6330. Call center hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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