Medical Identity Theft Increases
June 10, 2015
People are warned to watch out for medical identity fraud after the recent data breaches at Anthem Insurance and Premera Blue Cross. Medical identity theft has increased by 21.7% in 2014, according to the 2014 Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft, a report by the Ponemon Institute and the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance.
Victims of medical fraud have had to pay $13,500 per person on average to resolve their issues, and in many cases, the financial burden also impacts the patient’s immediate family.
Medical Identity Theft is Hard to Resolve
Medical identity theft is a difficult crime to resolve because of the complexity of the American healthcare system. Ponemon’s report says that victims learn about the theft of their identities more than three months after the incident. In an effort to decrease incidents of fraud, healthcare providers should make health records available to their patients.
Some victims of identity fraud knew exactly who stole their medical identities. 25% of medical identity theft victims knowingly let a family member or friend use their personal IDs to obtain medical services and products. Another 24% of victims say a family member took their credentials without their consent. In the majority of cases, medical credentials were stolen to obtain other services, such as Medicare or Medicaid benefits, or prescription pharmaceuticals.
Many victims also struggle to reach a decent resolution following a medical identity theft. The report found that only 10% of victims were satisfied with the results of their resolutions. Victims who had their medical identity fraud crimes resolved spent more than 200 hours working with their insurer to make sure their personal medical credentials were secure from future fraud attempts.
Medical identity theft is just one of the many on the list of identity theft ways that hackers and scammer, and in this case family members, can use your information.
Medical insurance fraud is a growing issue that has affected many Americans. Healthcare providers should use Acuant’s card scanning technologies to verify patient identities and keep healthcare records accurate. Acuant’s technology accurately scans medical documents and verifies patient IDs. When healthcare providers use Acuant’s technology to scan documents and verify IDs, patients know that their confidential information is in safe hands. Acuant’s idScan can scan a patient’s driver’s license, state ID, passport, or medical insurance card when they visit the doctor’s office. By using Acuant’s card scanning technology, patients will know that their medical identities are protected by an extra layer of security. With card scanning technology, healthcare providers can keep their patients safe from medical identity fraud.