Medicaid Data Breach in North Carolina

October 20th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »


Affected information includes a spreadsheet with Medicaid recipientsPHI. Information having first and last name, Medicaid identification number (MID), provider name and provider ID number, and other information related to Medicaid services. Approximately 1,615 individuals had their data compromised, but DHHS added that only two Social Security numbers were compromised and no dates of birth.

Gerlach explained that the delayed data breach notification was because DHHS was investigating thoroughly to ensure that there is full understanding before determining next steps.

There has also been no signs that the spreadsheet was intercepted by unauthorized users.

DHHS says affected patients may take steps to protect themselves by putting a fraud alert on their credit files and by keeping an eye on their bank statements and credit card bills for any unusual or unauthorized activity.

This is not the first Medicaid data breach reported by DHHS.

I deeply apologize for the impact that this has caused to the citizens of the state,DHHS secretary Aldona Wos explained at the time. First and foremost, I firmly believe as secretary, that it is my obligation to ensure that the children and families we serve receive their health care in a protected and secure environment.

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