It’s the biggest change in health care in nearly half a century, and perhaps unsurprisingly it’s already become a tool for scammers. Though open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) doesn’t begin until Oct. 1, scam artists – masquerading as government representatives — have tricked a number of consumers into coughing up personal… Read More
By Lauren Roberts Of all the places where people want to feel secure and protected, hospitals must certainly rank at the top. But even those who aren’t afraid of being poked and prodded have something to worry about: hospitals are a growing scene for identity theft and fraud. The fraud that’s happening in hospitals isn’t… Read More
These days, consumers may pay a lot of attention to the ways in which they face potential problems related to identity theft, such as credit card fraud or someone gaining access to their personal information. However, experts say medical identity theft is just as big a problem. Because more medical data is now being stored… Read More
Approximately 1.85 million Americans were affected by medical identity theft in 2012—up from 1.49 million in 2011, according to the Third Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft published by the Ponemon Institute, LLC in June.
An overwhelming majority of healthcare providers—96 percent—admit that they have lost patients’ medical data in the last two years, according to a newly released study. And the number of medical data breaches surged 32 percent in 2011, a worrisome trend as the healthcare industry pushes to digitize all medical records. According to the study, published… Read More
How prevalent is medical identity theft? Why are Americans so indifferent toward it (at their peril)? And what can consumers do to protect themselves from medical identity theft? A recent national study claims to answer these questions. The National Study on Medical Identity Theft by the Poneman Institute, a California based think tank, concludes that… Read More
If you’re over 65, you’re one of the 44 million people who are easy targets for ID thieves. Why? Because Uncle Sam emblazons your Social Security number — in full — right on your Medicare card. And it’s not the kind of card that you’re supposed to leave at home.