Health Information Management

Flag identity theft as federal rule takes effect

Briefings on HIPAA, 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 the victim’s medical insurance information—essentially stealing his or her identity to obtain services.

And although your hospital may already have an identity theft policy in place to mitigate the risk of identity theft per your state law, that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily off the hook.

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