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Daily Dashboard | How does the Equifax data breach affect health care? Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, June 22, 2018


Modern Healthcare reports on the potential dangers the health care industry faces following the Equifax data breach. Equifax acts as the financial verification vendor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for millions of Affordable Care Act enrollees. The consumer credit reporting agency helps the government determine who is eligible for subsidies while extracting other financial information. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been examining the fallout from the breach, but the agency has been told by Equifax no exchange data was compromised in the attack, according to an HHS spokeswoman. KPMG Partner Michael Ebert said regardless of the outcome of the breach investigation, the Equifax incident should serve as a cautionary note of the ways vendors can leave hospitals and payers vulnerable to cyberattacks. Editor's Note: The Privacy Advisor Podcast released a special edition episode on the aftermath of the Equifax data breach.
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