Merced County School District vendor reports a burglary that compromised protected health information

The Foundation for Medical Care of Merced County previously provided  third party administration services for the Merced County School District’s medical and dental plans. The foundation currently provides member claims services for the school district’s medical plans.

On August 3, 2021, there was a break-in at the foundation’s location during which an unknown intruder punched a hole in an internal wall from an adjacent office suite to gain access. According to the foundation’s notification of October 21, the intruder stole several items, including an external back up drive that was used to scan paper claims with members’ first and last name, healthcare identification number, address, date of birth, provider name, procedure and diagnosis code and claim charges.

A copy of the full notification can be found the California Attorney General’s web site. It does not indicate how many members of the medical or dental plans are being notified, and this incident does not appear (yet?) on HHS’s public breach tool.



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