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R1 RCM Inc. [NASDAQ:RCM], one of the nation's largest medical debt collection companies, has been hit in a ransomware attack. Formerly known as Accretive Health Inc., Chicago-based R1 RCM brought in revenues of $1.18 billion in 2019. The company has more than 19,000 employees and contracts with at least 750 healthcare organizations nationwide. R1 RCM acknowledged taking down its systems in response to a ransomware attack, but otherwise declined to comment for this story. The "RCM" portion of its name refers to "revenue cycle management," an industry which tracks profits throughout the life cycle of each patient, including patient registration, insurance and benefit verification, medical treatment documentation, and bill preparation and collection from patients. The company has access to a wealth of personal, financial and medical information on tens of millions of patients, including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, billing information and medical diagnostic data. It's unclear when the intruders first breached R1's networks, but the ransomware was unleashed more than a week ago, right around the time the company was set to release its 2nd quarter financial results for 2020. R1 RCM declined to discuss the strain of ransomware it is battling or how it was compromised. Sources close to the investigation tell KrebsOnSecurity the malware is known as Defray. Defray was first spotted in 2017, and its purveyors have a history of specifically targeting companies in…

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