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California Apologizes After Social Security Numbers Of 18,000 Doctors Released To Public
Medical Daily

A California health department apologized Monday for releasing the Social Security numbers of around 18,000 doctors.

The mix-up started when the insurance company Blue Shield of California gave a list of health-care providers to the state agency but forgot to take out their private information. The Department of Managed Health Care, which regulates the state’s health maintenance organizations, then distributed those lists in response to 10 public records requests — also without redacting the Social Security numbers.