Health Information Management

Flag identity theft as federal rule takes effect

HIM Briefings, November 1, 2008

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Although identity theft is often associated with exploited credit cards, patients can also be subject to medical identity theft when thieves use a victim’s identity to undergo procedures or receive treatment or prescriptions using a victim’s medical insurance information—essentially stealing their identity to obtain services.

And just because your hospital may already have an identity theft policy in place to mitigate the risk of identity theft per your state law doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily off the hook. That’s because hospitals may also need to comply with a federal requirement for creditors, including hospitals and other medical facilities that offer deferred payment options for patients.

The catch? They must do it soon.

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