Medical identity theft is on the rise and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down anytime soon, according to a new report released Thursday. Conducted by privacy and security research firm Ponemon Institute, the report underscores the serious nature of medical identity theft, which has seen a nearly 20 percent uptick in the number of victims just from last year alone. By Erin McCann, Healthcare IT News September 12, 2013

An estimated 1.84 million Americans have been victims of medical identity theft at one point in time, according to a new study by the Ponemon Institute. By Helen Gregg, Becker’s Hospital Review September 12, 2013

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 almost 20% vs. a year ago. By Ellen Messmer, Network World. Published September 12, 2013

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, Healthcare-Informatics. Published September 11, 2013 Click here to read the full article and learn more.

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 Ponemon Institute with support from ID Experts provides insight into the growing problem of medical identity theft. This fourth year of the study outlines the victim experience, including consequences to this crime. Special thanks to many of our Founding Members for their support of this research and their leadership in the prevention, detection and remediation of medical identity theft. Florida […]

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 12, 2013 — Medical identity theft is a national healthcare issue with life-threatening and hefty financial consequences. According to the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by Ponemon Institute, medical identity theft and “family fraud” are on the rise; with the number of victims affected by medical identity theft up nearly 20 percent within the last year. The survey, […]

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 of penicillin. By Helen Gregg, Becker’s Hospital Review. Published September 6, 2013 Click here to read the full article and learn more.

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 tidy downloadable packages called “kitz.” Willing buyers can present themselves at hospitals or physician offices to get health services covered by the victim’s insurance plan. That’s one form medical identity theft presently is taking. By Don Fluckinger, SearchHealthIT. Published August 30, 2013 Click here to read the full article and learn more.

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 learn more. By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, Healthcare Info Security. Published August 28, 2013

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. Published August 28, 2013 Click here to read the full article and learn more.