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Dialysis companies have found themselves settling lawsuits recently. Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) disclosed breaches of protected electronic health information and settled with a federal agency, while American Renal Associates (ARA), without admitting wrongdoing, settled with shareholders.

In early February 2018, FMCNA, a major dialysis provider, settled with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

The settlement involved patient privacy breaches that occurred in 2012, including computers stolen during a break-in, a hard drive on a desktop taken out of service and removed from a facility without a report to the corporate risk manager,