Premier Medical Associates Issues Statement to Address Confusion Over PHI Concerns With Similarly Named but Unaffiliated Company - Premier Medical Evaluations, Inc.

March 22, 2017(Pittsburgh, PA) – Recently, a company called Premier Medical Evaluations, Inc. closed their doors on Ranalli Drive in Gibsonia, PA. The news is reporting that a dumpster was found in Hampton full of medical documents, sensitive patient information and personal information including social security numbers and addresses for a large number of people. The responsibility of this situation lies with Premier Medical Evaluations, Inc. only and should not to be misperceived as related to Monroeville-based Premier Medical Associates.

“Given the similarities of our respective company names, our offices have received many calls from concerned patients who have misinterpreted the news about this incident. We felt it was necessary to address this confusion to further clarify that we are a completely separate entity and that our patients' protected healthcare information has not been impacted or compromised in any way,” said Mark DeRubeis, Premier Medical Associates CEO.

“Furthermore, I want to assure our patients and the public that as an organization, we take protecting our patients’ protected health information very seriously. Stringent policies and procedures are in place as well as extensive training for new and existing employees and healthcare providers. In addition, we have a privacy officer dedicated to privacy and compliance who has achieved certification through the Healthcare Compliance Association.”

About Premier Medical Associates

With a focus on building better care, Premier Medical Associates is the largest multi-specialty practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area that reaches the lives of more than 100,000 patients with access to one hundred and four providers and twenty-three specialties. In a healthcare environment of constant change, the physicians at Premier Medical Associates are committed to preventative care and creating value for every dollar a patient spends on healthcare. Premier’s goal is to build a close, long-term relationship between patient and physician that will reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and lead to healthier lives.

Formed in 1993, Premier Medical Associates has a team of one hundred and four healthcare providers in ten convenient locations offering specialties that include: Allergy & Immunology, Behavioral Health, Cardiology & Electrophysiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General & Breast Surgery, Hospitalists, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Laboratory Services, Neurology, Ophthalmology & Optometry, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology, & Sleep Medicine. For more information about our philosophy of healthcare, team of physicians and locations, please go to www.premiermedicalassociates.com or call 412-457-0060.