Written by Dianne Bourque
The Federal Trade Commission has released a series of medical identity theft FAQs for health care providers and health plans. The FAQs contain resources for patients and a variety of practical tips that are intended to help health care providers and insurers minimize risk to patients and assist those who become victims of medical identity theft.
Medical identity theft occurs when one person uses another person’s name or insurance information to obtain treatment or prescription drugs, or when a health care provider uses patient information to submit false claims to third party payers. The FAQs cover such topics as helping patients detect, deter and defend against medical identity theft, and what to do if a patient becomes a victim of medical identity theft. The FAQs also discuss how providers may respond to medical identity theft in a manner that is compliant with the HIPAA privacy rules. A link to the FAQs is here.