206 Florida hospital patients notified of bill-printing error

Jackson Hospital in Marianna, Fla., said a printing error caused information from some patient bills to show up on the bills of other patients in the same billing cycle, the Floridian reports.

The error affected 206 patients, who were notified by the hospital.

Hospital officials were alerted to the problem in mid-August, by third-party provider, Healthcare Resource Group, which prepared the bills, according to the report.

The information that bled from one page to another included names and addresses, as well as the bill amount and a general description of care received, the hospital said. It did not include other personal information such as Social Security numbers, birthdates or medical conditions, the hospital said.

Hospital officials told the Floridian patients would not have had a significantly clear view of the information transferred in error because it was printed on top of other information.

The hospital advised affected patients to examine their credit reports and bills and ensure they were not inappropriately billed for care.

It said HRG has taken steps "to improve processes and prevent future printing errors."

Editor's note: This article was updated Oct. 8 at 3:02 p.m. to clarify the third party provider mentioned was Healthcare Resource Group.

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