Archive for Medical Identity Theft

An ID theft service you should take a look at

Posted in Economy, General, Identity Theft, Legal, Life Improvement, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2010 by truthwillrise

Ada,OK based Pre Paid Legal Services has been around since 1972. Their popular Life Events Legal Plan,which allows it members access to top rated law firms nationwide to deal with any legal matter , are now  used by over one million families and tens of thousands of companies also offer their services as an employee benefit. This is what they are most known for but they have an identity theft service that, from what I have seen, is second to none.

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What type of ID theft protection service should you get?

Posted in Economy, General, Identity Theft, Legal, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by truthwillrise

As identity theft continues to escalate, many people are looking to protect themselves by investing in the myriad of identity theft protection services. In a previous article entitled, “Clearing up the id theft service picture”, I differentiated between the various types of identity theft services. However, with so many products out there it can be difficult to decide which one to purchase.

From personal experience, I know that dealing with identity theft can be an overwhelming ordeal. Many people do not know what to and even if you do, the amount of time spent in rectifying the situation can be tremendous. It is for these reasons that people obtain these services.

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An ID Theft Service You Need To Have

Posted in Economy, General, Identity Theft, Legal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2010 by truthwillrise

Brandon King

Examiner.com

June 10,2010

Ada,OK based Pre Paid Legal Services has been around since 1972. Their popular Life Events Legal Plan,which allows it members access to top rated law firms nationwide to deal with any legal matter , are now  used by over one million families and tens of thousands of companies also offer their services as an employee benefit. This is what they are most known for but they have an identity theft service that, from what I have seen, is second to none.

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Medical ID Theft

Posted in Economy, General, Identity Theft, Legal, News with tags , , , , on June 27, 2010 by truthwillrise

Brandon King

Examiner.com

June 18, 2010

Although medical id theft is one of the fastest growing segments of identity theft, most people are still unaware of this crime even though it can cost people many thousands of dollars or worse your life.

Medical identity theft occurs when someone utilizes your medical information. They may get prescriptions, get treated for illnesses or have other procedures done in your name.

If the massive bills you could receive and the potentiality to be dropped from your insurance are  not bad enough, the changes to your medical records are devastating. This is because most victims of identity theft do not know they have been such for quite sometime after the crime has occurred, but also because most people never check their medical records. The thief may have a different blood type or other medical information than that of the victim and the thief’s information get placed in the medical file with that of the victim. Incorrect medical information can wreak havoc on a victim.

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Doctors, hospitals leery of federal rules

Posted in Identity Theft, Legal with tags , , , , on August 7, 2009 by truthwillrise

BY KAREN SHIDELER

The Wichita Eagle

Physicians and hospitals are adopting procedures to prevent patient identity theft, even as they protest their inclusion in new federal “Red Flags Rules.”

The Federal Trade Commission announced the regulations in November 2007 but has delayed their implementation three times. The rules require many businesses to establish and implement identity theft prevention programs; many have done so.

Health care providers, through the American Medical Association and other groups, say they shouldn’t be included because they aren’t “creditors”; the FTC says many are because they aren’t paid in full at the time of service.

Last week, the FTC delayed the Aug. 1 implementation until Nov. 1. The AMA says it will continue to make its case to Congress.

The Wichita Clinic, with its 160 physicians, and the Medical Practice Association at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, with its 50, are among those that were prepared to put programs into effect but are grateful for the latest delay.

“We can always use more time,” said Donna Johnson, director of medical affairs at the Wichita Clinic.

Lorene Valentine, executive director of the KU physicians’ group, said some policies are in place while others need a bit of tweaking.

The FTC rules are designed to help businesses from auto dealers to utility companies detect “red flags” that could indicate identity theft.

Not all health care providers are considered creditors under the regulations. But those that file insurance claims for patients, then bill the patients for the what insurance doesn’t pay, or those that set up payment plans for patients are creditors, the FTC says.

Medical identity theft can occur when someone uses someone else’s name or insurance information to get medical services or to create fictitious medical records.

For health providers, Johnson said, there’s a fine line between appearing impersonal and complying with the law.

At Wichita Clinic locations, new patients or those not recognized at check-in will be asked for photo identification and told why it’s needed.

But that won’t always be possible: “It’s one thing for a bank to say, we’re not going to process your loan,” Johnson said, and another for a health care provider to ask for a photo ID from someone who shows up with a broken arm.

As hospitals already do, the clinic will verify identity later in such cases.

The Wichita Clinic uses electronic records, so a driver’s license can’t be photocopied for a paper file, she said. And adding photo scanners or cameras everywhere would be prohibitively expensive.

The Medical Practice Association has the capability of having a photo added to its electronic records but “we haven’t actually implemented that yet,” Valentine said.

She said the KU clinics are implementing some of the other procedures suggested by the AMA.

“We need to tweak just a little bit on the policies and procedures,” she said.

 

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