Monday, April 16, 2012

Paper Billing Information Removed by Vendor

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center said Friday it is notifying 6,831 patients that their billing information, including credit card numbers and security codes, may have been compromised when documents the hospital planned to shred were removed by a vendor from a building scheduled for demolition.

The papers did not include personal medical information and so far, there have been no reports that any of the billing data contained in the documents has been misused, according to hospital officials.

St. Elizabeth’s, in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood, released a statement saying it was alerted on Feb. 3 by an individual who reported finding papers from the hospital blowing through a field in Charlestown. They contained cashier’s receipts for credit card payments made by five patients at St. Elizabeth’s surgical day center and other outpatient services.

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