IU Health's hospital finds lost patient billing paperwork on street

Muncie-based Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is notifying some of its patients after a bag containing billing paperwork with patient information was found at an intersection in Muncie, according to a notice on the organization's website.

The bag was discovered Sept. 26 and IU Health retrieved it within hours. It contained paperwork with patient names, physicians’ names, birthdays, genders, medical record numbers, dates and times of service, diagnoses and procedures. However,  no medical records, financial information or social security numbers were included.

Only patients who had procedures at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and nearby facilities between July 9, 2012 and April 25, 2017 are potentially affected.

Although hospital officials do not have any evidence the information in the bag had been improperly accessed or used, the hospital sent letters to the affected patients Nov. 3.

Becker's Hospital Review has reached out to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for comment. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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