Medical Identity Theft Podcast with Special Guest Jim Quiggle from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
Medical identity theft occurs when someone uses a person’s name and sometimes other parts of their identity — such as insurance information — without the person’s knowledge or consent to obtain medical services or goods, or uses the person’s identity information to make false claims for medical services or goods. Medical identity theft frequently results in the creation of duplicate medical records and overlays which include erroneous entries being put into existing medical records, and can involve the creation of fictitious medical records in the victim’s name.
Our latest podcast closely examines the topic of medical identity theft and how it affects patients, providers and the healthcare industry. We are pleased at the opportunity to interview Jim Quiggle from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud to discuss the causes and repercussions of medical identity theft, including what can be done to prevent it and what steps patients and doctors can take immediately after discovering they have been victims.
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Topics covered in the podcast:
- What is medical identity theft and how much does it cost the country each year? How many people are affected by it?
- What are the most serious consequences for a patient victimized by medical identity theft?
- Patients aren’t the only demographic that can be victimized by medical identity theft. What are the effects of medical identity theft on physicians?
- Data breaches that lead to cases of medical identity theft continue to be a major problem for healthcare facilities. What responsibilities do healthcare organizations have to their patients when victimized by a data breach?
- Do health insurance companies see any value in having an audit trail with a unique patient identifier like biometrics?
- With the influx of new healthcare patients due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, what impact do you expect this may have on medical identity theft and insurance fraud?
- What are some of the telltale signs that you have been a victim of medical identity theft and what steps can patients take to protect their medical identity?
- If you are a victim of medical identity theft, what steps can you take to immediately address the problem?