Tips to help prevent medical identity theft
(BPT) — Every fall, many people review their employer health care options during “open enrollment.” As you start to focus on your health care decisions, you may also want to consider the safety of information you routinely provide, such as your address, Social Security number and insurance provider. With new private and public health insurance exchanges becoming available, you may face a greater risk for medical identity theft.
Medical identity theft is when someone uses another person’s name and information to get medical service or make false claims. Once information is stolen a thief may see a doctor, get prescription drugs or file claims with an insurance provider. Medical identity theft cost the health care industry $41 billion in 2012, with half of all health care organizations affected by the crime.
The threat isn’t just financial: if another person’s information is mixed with yours, your medical records — and treatments — may be affected.
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