Warner Norcross & Judd notified 120,000 Priority Health Plan members of 2021 breach
On July 11, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd reported a data breach to the California Attorney General’s Office and other states. This past week, they issued a press release concerning the same incident and also issued a second press release on behalf of Priority Health, a health insurer in Michigan. From the one on behalf of Priority Health:
Warner Norcross & Judd (WNJ), a Priority Health vendor, learned of a data security incident that may have impacted personal and protected health information belonging to certain individuals. WNJ is a Michigan law firm Priority Health uses for support on occasion.
WNJ has sent notification of the incident to potentially impacted individuals and has provided resources to assist them.
On October 22, 2021, WNJ learned that unauthorized activity was reported involving some of its systems and immediately took steps to secure its network and engaged a digital forensics firm to investigate the cause and scope of the incident. WNJ notified Priority Health on June 6, 2022, that approximately 120,000 Priority Health members may have been affected.
Data elements that may have affected some Priority Health members include first and last name and pharmacy claim information from certain prescriptions filled in 2012, such as drug name, date the prescription was filled and name of insurance. WNJ has indicated there is no evidence of misuse of the information.
WNJ has established a toll-free call center; representatives are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT at (833) 423-2982. Or call Priority Health customer service at (800) 942-0954 or email [email protected]. Information about this incident will also be available online at www.priorityhealth.com.
This incident appears to be unrelated to an incident Priority Health discovered in December 2021. That incident appeared to involve a breach of some its members’ rewards program accounts. That second report was disclosed on Priority Health’s website in February 2022.
As to the law firm incident, in its main press release, Warner Norcross indicated that it started making individual notifications on July 11, and that the following personal and protected health information may have been involved in the incident:
first name or first initial and last name in combination with one or more of the following: date of birth, Social Security number, driver’s license number, government issued ID, 2019 and 2020 annual compensation, 2019 and 2020 benefit contribution information. Credit card or debit card number, credit card or debit card pin, financial account or routing number, passport number, patient account number, health information and life insurance policy information.
The total number of patients or plan members impacted by this incident has not been disclosed.