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Medical identity theft an increasing challenge

Health Information Compliance Insider, August 1, 2008

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It’s a hot topic everywhere—in television commercials, movies, and on the nightly news. And it’s a growing concern: It’s identity theft.

Traditional identity theft is a familiar problem in the United States. Victims of identity theft brace for its effect on their finances and credit ratings. Medical identity theft is less well known, but it is just as problematic for patients, hospitals, and insurers. Protecting against medical identity theft is a tall order for overburdened and understaffed hospitals, but its importance can’t be overstated. Medical identity theft has significant short-term and long-term implications for everyone involved. That’s why educating staff members on what medical identity theft is, whom it affects, how it affects them, and how to fight it is essential.

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