Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation’s biggest clinical laboratories, warned Monday that nearly 12 million patients might be affected by a data breach that happened to a collections agency the clinic uses.
American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a billing collections service provider, has informed Quest Diagnostics that an unauthorized user had access to AMCA’s system containing personal information AMCA received from various entities, including from Quest.
AMCA provides billing collections services to Optum360, which in turn is a Quest contractor. Quest and Optum360 are working with forensic experts to investigate the matter.
AMCA first notified Quest and Optum360 on May 14, 2019 of potential unauthorized activity on AMCA’s web payment page.
On May 31, 2019, AMCA notified Quest and Optum360 that the data on AMCA’s affected system included information regarding approximately 11.9 million Quest patients.
AMCA believes this information includes personal information, including certain financial data, Social Security numbers, and medical information, but not laboratory test results.
AMCA has not yet provided Quest or Optum360 detailed or complete information about the AMCA data security incident, including which information of which individuals may have been affected. And Quest has not been able to verify the accuracy of the information received from AMCA.
Quest stated that they are taking this matter very seriously and is committed to the privacy and security of their patients’ personal information. Since learning of the AMCA data security incident, we have suspended sending collection requests to AMCA.
Quest will be working with Optum360 to ensure that Quest patients are appropriately notified consistent with the law.
We are committed to keeping our patients, health care providers, and all relevant parties informed as we learn more.
Founded in 1977, AMCA is the leading recovery agency for patient collections and is one of the Nation’s top high volume lower balance agencies managing over $1BN in annual receivables for a diverse client base. Their employees are trained to provide the highest level of service while delivering the highest recovery rates to their clients.
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