While HIPAA may designate covered entities responsible for notifying consumers impacted by a breach, it’s not uncommon for such entities to negotiate provisions that would pass the baton back to the vendors.

Recently, both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp revealed that they were among the entities whose customers had their data compromised as part of a larger cyber breach that befell the billing and collections service American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA). Such data included customer’s birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, date of service, and health provider and balance information.

In a news release, Quest indicated that the AMCA systems impacted by the breach contained information on approximately 11.9 million of their patients. Meanwhile, LabCorp filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating that data from approximately 7.7 million of its customers was breached.

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