Video: First Aid for Medical Identity Theft

Consumers must be on the lookout for signs of an information breach. But if medical identity theft occurs, there are immediate actions consumers and their HIM counterparts should take. The California Department of Justice released a set of five signs your medical information has been breached.

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The Red Flags Rule: Protecting Providers and Patients from Medical Identity Theft

Capping off our Health Information Privacy and Security Week series, Federal Trade Commission attorney Steven Toporoff offers tips on complying with the Red Flags Rule, which goes into effect May 1. Toporoff works in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection. Millions of Americans each year fall victim to identity theft.  When identity theft involves healthcare, the consequences can be...

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Medical Identity Theft and the Red Flags Rule

Continuing our Health Information Privacy and Security Week series, today Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates LLC, takes a look at medical identity theft within the context of the Red Flags Rule. Much is reported in the news about identity theft including new catchy commercials that are intended to prompt consumers to pay attention to their credit record. What isn’t mentioned is the threat of medical identity...

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FTC Delays “Red Flag” Deadline

The Federal Trade Commission has pushed back the compliance deadline for its identity theft “red flag” rules. The original deadline was less than two weeks away. The new deadline is May 1, 2009. The red flag rules require businesses that extend credit to their customers to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs. Healthcare organizations fall under the rule, say attorneys. The FTC released the final rules in...

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A Consumer Checklist for Medical Identity Theft

Medical identity theft is a fast-growing and lucrative form of identity theft. The Journal’s July practice brief offers guidance on how HIM professionals and others can work together to prevent, investigate, and mitigate the damage that such theft causes. The brief also offers a downloadable checklist for individuals who have been the victims of medical identity theft. The checklist includes steps consumers can take in response to a...

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