Florida healthcare agency mistakenly sends records to landfill

Tallahassee, Fla.-based Old Agency for Health Care Administration is reporting a potential data breach after records containing protected health information that were supposed to be shredded were instead emptied into a dumpster.

According to a statement from the agency, records were placed in containers marked for shredding, but that instead were placed in the dumpsters to deliver to a landfill.

The records may have contained names, birthdates, Medicare and/or Medicaid numbers and medical conditions of patients at nursing homes, assisted living facilities or home health agencies from 2000 to 2007.

The incident occurred Nov. 12, and the agency learned of it Nov. 13.

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