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Group to combat medical identity theft with tech, consumer awareness
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 […]
MIFA Pools Resources to Avert Medical Identity Fraud
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. […]
4 Million Patients At Risk After Computer Theft From Chicago Medical Group
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 […]
New Alliance Seeks Best Practices to Combat Medical Identity Theft
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 […]
New Consortium Formed To Cure Rise In Medical ID Fraud
MIFA, a A U.S. public-private alliance co-founded by Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, AARP, the Identity Theft Resource Center and others, will officially launch next month to fight medical identity theft amid a sickening spike in this form of fraud. By […]
New Organization Targets Medical ID Fraud
The Medical Identity Fraud Alliance is being formed to unite stakeholders to develop best practices, solutions, and technologies for the prevention, detection and remediation of medical identity theft and fraud. By David Raths, Healthcare Informatics. Posted on August 21, 2013 […]
The Growing Threat of Medical Identity Theft: A Call to Action
Today, very few professionals or consumers are aware of medical identity theft and its' potential for harm. Policy decision-makers, organizations that hold Protected Health Information (PHI), law enforcement, regulatory agencies and consumer facing groups now have an opportunity and obligation to bring this serious societal problem to the forefront and work together to protect the public.
Health Data Breaches Usually Aren’t Accidents Anymore
Data breaches have become increasingly more targeted and sophisticated, and caused by hacking and cyber criminals. Learn more about the vulnerability of medical records and what organizations can do. By Pamela Lewis Dolan amednews staff – Posted on July 29, […]
Fourth Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft [COMING SOON]
Conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA), the Fourth Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft is in the final stages of completion. This annual study is designed to measure the extent and impact of medical identity theft in the United States on the healthcare industry and consumers. The results of this research will be one of MIFA’s first industry deliverables.
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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
Participation is open to all healthcare ecosystem stakeholders, including: health plans and healthcare providers; associations/consumer organizations; law enforcement and government agencies; academia and private research; and industry and technology service providers. Visit our Membership page or Contact Us.