Provider of cancer care services, 21st Century Oncology is currently under investigation for a rising number of class action lawsuits for allegations of Medicare related fraud and identity theft. On March 4, 2016 a data security breach was made public. The treatment center confirmed that they had knowledge of the breach as early as November 2015,and did not notify the public until 4 months after the fact, blaming the FBI for their late notification to patients. The treatment center estimated that the actual data breach happened around October 2015 and was left undetected for about a month. For more than 30 years, 21st Century Oncology has been one of the biggest provider of cancer care services throughout the United States.
FBI identified that an unauthorized user criminally hacked the database of the treatment center and had stolen the personal records of approximately 2.2 million former and current patients. The hackers had access to the patients’ information for 5 months before letters were sent to the clueless victims, adding insult to all the damages. The hackers were able to steal very sensitive personal information from all 145 treatment centers, enough personal information to generate huge problems for the victims. Victims are accusing the corporation of several violations including breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligence and unjust enrichment.
Stolen information involves:
- Medical Diagnosis
- Treatments Given
- Physician’s Names
- Insurance Information
- Social Security Numbers
- First and Last Names
The victims are open to substantial financial damages from identity theft. With access to this personal information, identity thieves can commit health care fraud, and file fake tax returns to commit tax fraud. In addition, they can also use the stolen information to open up fake credit card accounts as well as take out lines of credit. In response to the growing complaints, 21st Century Oncology states that no personal information from the victims of the data security breach has been wrongly used. The treatment center is also offering patients 1 year free subscription to identity theft protection services.
The data security breach is the most recent in a number of problems for the company. In December 2015, 21st Century Oncology settled to pay almost $20 million associated with federal allegations of billing Tricare and Medicare for pointless and expensive medical tests. In March 2016, the company settled to pay almost $35 million to the federal government connected to a dispute including training protocols of some staff in the use of a radiation dose calculation system. If you or anyone you know has been a victim of identity theft related to the 21st Century Oncology data breach, please contact us and provide any details along with contact information. Please Contact Us and provide any details along with contact information. If you prefer to leave a voicemail you can call 1.858.236.9020. GetClassActionMoney.com can then forward these requests to our network of attorneys that may contact you if a Class Action Lawsuit is to be pursued. In addition make sure you Subscribe to our mailing list to receive important updates regarding class action news and open cases.