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Regulators, State AG To Investigate Advocate Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

August 30, 2013

Federal regulators and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office confirmed this week they will investigate Advocate Medical Group’s data breach, Chicago Tribune reports. The breach was the second-largest loss of unsecured protected health information reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) since its mandatory breach notification rule came into effect in September 2009, the report states. The July 15 breach affected more than four million patients seen by Advocate Medical Group from the early 1990s through July. Affected patients have begun receiving notification letters. DHHS investigates any breach affecting more than 500 people, but wouldn’t comment on the Advocate case citing the pending investigation.
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