CHS Patients Encouraged to Use Free Credit Monitoring

By WTAJ News

Published 09/04 2014 02:01PM

Updated 09/04 2014 02:08PM

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen Kane is encouraging Pennsylvania residents who were referred to or received services from physicians affiliated with Community Health Systems Inc. in the last five years to review their credit reports for possible unauthorized activity.

Earlier this summer CHS publicly reported a data breach affecting 4.5 million people nationwide, stemming from cyberattacks in April and June. CHS confirmed that hackers gained access to patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers.

CHS confirmed that the stolen data did not include medical information, and said the breach occurred in physician practices affiliated with the company, not in its hospitals.

CHS has 20 hospitals in Pennsylvania, mainly in the eastern portion of the state.

Free copies of credit reports are available at the link above or by calling 1-877-322-8228. Consumers with questions or concerns about the breach should contact CHS at 1-855-205-6951, or the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or online at the Attorney General's website.

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