[ Monday, September 25, 2006 ]


A different kind of medical ID theft: I've written in the past that most improper disclosures of / access to PHI involves the risk not of someone making use of the medical information, but rather the risk that the records thief will make use of the Social Security number and other non-medical information for identity theft purposes. Well, the LA Times has a different, scarier story of medical identity theft: people who use your medical identity so they can get your insurance company to pay for their care. They pretend to be you and receive care, but then their medical information is included in your file. Pretty scary, if you show up in the emergency room and they think you have a condition you don't have.

Jeff [10:18 AM]

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