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Data Breach at PFC USA Impacts Patients of 650 Healthcare Providers

Just ahead of the 4th of July weekend, accounts receivable management firm Professional Finance Company (PFC USA) started sending out data breach notification letters to patients of over 650 healthcare providers across the country.

The Northern Colorado-based company has been engaged in debt recovery for over a century, working with organizations in healthcare, financial, retail, and government sectors.

On July 1, PFC USA announced that it has started notifying impacted individuals that their personal and health information might have been compromised during a February 2022 ransomware attack.

Because the attackers were able to access and disable some of the company’s computers, personal information stored on those systems might have been compromised, and PFC notified the potentially impacted healthcare providers on May 5.

The information that might have been accessed by the attackers includes names, addresses, birth dates, accounts receivable balance and payments information, Social Security numbers, and health insurance and medical treatment information.

PFC did not say how many individuals were potentially impacted in the data breach, but it did share a list of impacted healthcare providers, which contains a total of 657 entries.

The ransomware attack on PFC appears to be part of a trend where cybercriminals are not targeting healthcare providers directly, but turn on their partner organizations instead.

The data of more than 2.2 individuals was likely compromised in a cyberattack at eye care management software solutions provider Eye Care Leaders, and patient care guidelines provider MCG Health announced last month that the data of 1.1 million individuals was compromised in a March 2022 incident.

In May, healthcare technology company Omnicell notified the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it too fell victim to a ransomware attack.

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