In re: Valley Anesthesiology Consultants, Inc. Data Breach Litigation, Case No. CV2016-013446
A Settlement has been reached with the anesthesiology and interventional pain management group Valley Anesthesiology Consultants, Inc. (“VAPC”) in a class action lawsuit about a security incident discovered in 2016 after unknown hackers illegally accessed VAPC’s computer systems containing personal patient information, including medical and insurance records (“Security Incident”).
The Settlement includes approximately 882,590 persons whose personally identifiable information, health information, bank account information, financial information, or health provider information was stored on VAPC’s electronic data systems before August 12, 2016. As part of this Settlement, VAPC has agreed to make substantive enhancements to its data security protocols to better protect the information stored on VAPC's electronic data systems, to include your personal health information and personally identifiable information. Class members do not have to do anything to receive this class benefit and are not releasing any claims against VAPC in exchange for this benefit.
The Settlement also includes a subclass of 209,000 patients, current and former employees, and health care providers, whose Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid number were potentially exposed during the Security Incident. The subclass, or “Monitoring Subclass” is defined in FAQ 4. The Settlement will provide two (2) years of credit monitoring and identity theft protection, including dark web monitoring to Monitoring Subclass members. The credit monitoring and identity theft protection will be provided by Experian. If you are a member of the Monitoring Subclass and do not exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will automatically be sent a code that will allow you to activate your services. If you are a Monitoring Subclass member and do not exclude yourself from this Settlement, as described in FAQ 9, you are releasing your right to sue VAPC for claims arising from the Security Incident. If you received this notice by mail, you are a member of the Monitoring Subclass.
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The Fairness Hearing was held on February 15, 2019. All terms of the Settlement have received final approval. All eligible Monitoring Subclass members, that have not asked to be excluded, will be mailed an enrollment code to receive two years of credit monitoring and identity theft services provided, free of charge, by Experian.