Medical identity theft is the act of using an individual’s name and identity credentials, including insurance information, to fraudulently obtain medical care or medicine as well as to submit bogus bills. A survey out Thursday asserts such activity is up […]

Medical identity fraud has increased nearly 20 percent compared to the year before in the U.S., affecting an estimated 1.84 victims and having a total out-of-pocket medical costs incurred by medical identity theft victims of $12.3 billion. By John DeGaspari, […]

Medical identity theft has become a national healthcare issue with life-threatening consequences; and is currently the fastest-growing type of identity fraud. The 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and conducted by the […]

New Research Reveals Medical Identity Theft is Up, Affects 1.84 Million U.S. Victims Ponemon report concludes consumers unaware of life-threatening dangers; Medical Identity Fraud Alliance launched to mobilize healthcare industry and empower consumers TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — September […]

Recently, a man went to the emergency department at his local hospital, complaining of back pain. The on-call physician noticed an infection in his lymph node, and, after consulting the patient’s chart, told the patient he was ordering a course […]

Pssst… want to buy some protected health information? Organized crime syndicates of hackers are stealing databases of medical or financial data and reselling them on the black market — complete with fake driver licenses — for up to $1,300 in […]

A new coalition, the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, this fall will begin its efforts to identify best practices for fraud prevention and to improve consumer awareness of medical ID theft and fraud. Click here to read the full article and […]

The newly-formed Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) is throwing its hat in the ring of organizations building healthcare anti-fraud best practices by connecting healthcare vendors, payers, healthcare providers and service providers to an information-sharing network. By Patrick Ouellette, HealthIT Security. […]

Thieves broke into an office of the largest health system in Illinois last month and stole four unencrypted computers that contained personal information — including Social Security numbers and health insurance information — of 4.03 million patients. An administrative office […]

Six organizations have formed the new Medical Identity Fraud Alliance and seek other stakeholders to join them. Initial members include AARP, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Consumer Federation of America, ID Experts, Identity Theft Resource Center, and National Health […]