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 Care Anti-Fraud Association. The alliance’s mission is to offer leadership, education and awareness programs that drive development of best practices and technologies, as well as changes in regulations, to reduce the frequency and impact of medical identity theft. By Joseph Goedert, Health Data Management. Published August 23, 2013 Click here to read the full article and learn more.

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 Kelly Jackson Higgins, Dark Reading. Published August 21, 2013 Click here to read the full article and learn more.

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 Click here to read the full article and learn more.

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.

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

A Decade of Data Breach First identified as an industry issue a decade ago, data breaches are now part of the consumer vocabulary. Check out this infographic from ID Experts, A Decade of Data Breach…An Evolution. Data breaches have evolved from credit card fraud with financial consequences to medical identity theft with life-threatening implications. According to leading experts, the frequency, severity, and impact of data breaches are expected to escalate. Industry experts forecast top trends in data breach, privacy, and security: Global criminals. Criminals are now globally connected and increasingly part of organized crime rings. Rick Kam, president and co-founder, ID Experts Advanced persistent […]

First identified as an industry issue a decade ago, in 2003, data breaches are now part of the consumer vocabulary. Data breaches have evolved from credit card fraud with financial consequences to medical identity theft with life-threatening implications. According to leading industry experts, the frequency, severity, and impact of data breaches are expected to escalate, with the looming threats of organized crime, corporate espionage, and cyberterrorism. Click here to download this info graphic.

The FBI estimates that healthcare fraud is costing American taxpayers up to $234 billion annually. A stolen medical identity has a significantly higher street value than other personally identifiable information, such as a social security number.

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.