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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Updates Consumers About Community Health Systems Data Breach

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CHARLESTON, W.Va., Aug. 20 -- The West Virginia Attorney General issued the following news release:

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is updating consumers about Monday's news relating to a data security breach at Community Health Systems, the parent company of four hospitals and several clinics and physicians' offices throughout West Virginia. The company has said the information accessed was non-medical patient identification data related to Community Health Systems' physician practice operations, so the breach affected only clinics and physicians' offices, and not the hospitals directly. Additionally, the company said no medical, health, or financial information was stored on the data servers that were breached in the attack. The following clinics were affected:

* Oak Hill Clinic Corp.

* Oak Hill Hospital Corp.

* Bluefield Clinic Company, LLC

* Greenbrier Valley Anesthesia, LLC

* Greenbrier Valley Emergency Physicians

* Ronceverte Physician Group

Community Health Services is working with Kroll, a risk management company, to set up a website and toll-free number for consumers who were affected by this security breach or have questions about the incident. Additionally, the company said it will offer identity theft protection to those patients who have been identified as victims of the security breach. Kroll will begin sending letters to those patients today. For information, consumers can visit http://kroll.idmonitoringservice.com or call 1-855-205-6951. "Our Office is committed to working with other states that were affected by this breach, and we will vigorously protect the consumers of West Virginia from any threat to their personal information," Attorney General Morrisey said. "Any patient who received treatment at any of these offices in the last five years should contact the company and take advantage of any identity theft protection it offers. We will continue to update consumers on this important issue."

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