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Good Intentioned But Faulty Laws Make Patients Vulnerable To Medical Identity Fraud
Patient identity mix-ups can be disastrous, according to both common sense and statistics. A new report by the ECRI Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving patient care, revealed more than 7,600 cases of “wrong-patient” errors over a two-and-a-half-year period. In […]
Thieves use insurance information for surgeries, prescription. Medical identity theft is a crime on the rise. Nearly 2.5 million cases were reported in 2014, an increase of 20 percent from the year before. A stolen medical identity can ruin finances, […]
The Rise of Medical Identity Theft
When thieves take your personal data to get prescription drugs, doctor care, or surgery, it can endanger your health and trash your finances. It began like an ordinary purse snatching. The credit card reader on the gas pump at her […]
Thieves have discovered that medical IDs have far greater value to them than credit card data. Oncology practices should protect themselves from the danger of having their IT systems hacked by having a risk analysis done to identify potential access […]
Medical identity theft: Part 2 (Briefings on HIPAA)
Protecting patients’ identities Medical identity theft: Part 2 Editor’s note: This is part two of a series about medical identity theft. Look for part one in the July issue of Briefings On HIPAA. PHI is a bankable commodity. Hackers steal […]
Will Removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare Cards Make a Difference?
Or will it be too little, too late? If you’re not yet old enough to qualify for Medicare coverage, you may not realize that Medicare cards are distinctly old-fashioned: They are simply laminated cards that openly display that most traditional […]
Stopping Thieves in Their Tracks: What HIM Professionals can do to Mitigate Medical Identity Theft
Medical Identity Theft on the Rise The clues are subtle but critical: Perhaps you get a bill for urgent care services you never received. Or upon reviewing your medical record through a patient portal, you see a diagnosis of back […]
Medical identity theft: Part 1 (Briefings on HIPAA)
Protecting patients’ identities Medical identity theft: Part 1 Editor’s note: This is part one of a series about medical identity theft. Look for part two in August’s issue of Briefings on HIPAA. Privacy and security officers are sitting on a […]
3 Stolen Health Databases Reportedly for Sale on Dark Web
Hacker Takes Credit for Theft of Data on 655,000 Patients A hacker is reportedly selling on the dark web copies of databases stolen from three unidentified U.S. healthcare organizations containing data on 655,000 individuals for prices ranging from about $96,000 […]
How Identity Theft Leaves You With Medical Bills
Identity theft doesn’t just mean that thieves can rack up bills for things like clothes, food and gas; a stolen identity or credit card can also result in huge medical bills for services that you never received. Resolving these bills […]
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Industry Wisdom on Medical ID Fraud
Healthcare Industry Wisdom on Medical Identity Fraud offers food-for-thought on how healthcare organizations can implement and improve their anti-fraud programs. The paper spans across a variety of topics including fraud management, health IT issues and patient authentication.
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Investments to Fight Medical ID Fraud
Healthcare Industry Investments to Fight Medical Identity Fraud looks at the types of investments and priorities the industry is making to detect, prevent and mitigate medical ID theft and fraud.
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Survey on Medical ID Theft
The Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft measures the prevalence, extent, and impact of medical identity theft in the United States to consumers and the healthcare industry.
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is proud to be a founding member of MIFA. Anyone can be a victim of medical identity theft and most individuals do not understand how it occurs, how to minimize their risk, or where to go for assistance. That is why the ITRC is committed to building awareness and educational tools for consumers and the medical community through various partnerships, such as MIFA.Eva Casey Velasquez, President/CEO, CIPA
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