[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | AG Harris Releases Guidelines on Medial ID Theft | 10-21-2013
Inside
Weather
Calendar


Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released guidelines on preventing and remedying medical identity theft, including best practice recommendations for the health care industry and tips for consumers.  The guidelines are part of a report, Medical Identity Theft: Recommendations for the Age of Electronic Medical Records, which frames the escalated migration to electronic medical records as an opportunity for the healthcare industry to address this problem.

“Medical identity theft has been called the privacy crime that can kill,” said Attorney General Harris. “As the Affordable Care Act encourages the move to electronic medical records, the health care industry has an opportunity to improve public health and combat medical identity theft with forward-looking policies and the strategic use of technology.”

Medical identity theft occurs when an individual uses someone else’s personal information to obtain medical goods or services. For example, a thief may use stolen information to submit fraudulent bills, a doctor or provider may use patient information to write fraudulent prescriptions or an individual may use someone else’s information to obtain treatment.

The report focuses on the impact of identity theft on the accuracy of medical records and argues that the serious risk that inaccuracies pose is not always adequately addressed by existing healthcare industry procedures.

A companion information sheet for consumers, First Aid for Medical Identity Theft, describes the signs of medical identity theft and provides tips on what to do in response. The signs of possible medical identity theft include notice of a data breach from a health care provider, an unknown item in an Explanation of Benefits from a health insurer, a call from a debt collector about an unfamiliar medical bill and questions about your identity or health conditions at intake in a doctor’s office or hospital.

Key recommendations for health care providers:

  • Implement an identity theft response program with clear written policies and procedures for investigating a flagged record.
  • Offer patients who believe they may be victims of medical identity theft a free copy of the relevant portions of their medical records to review for signs of fraud.

Key recommendations for insurers:

  • Make Explanation of Benefits statements patient-friendly. Include information on how to report any errors discovered.
  • Use automated fraud-detection software to flag suspicious claims that could be the result of identity theft.

The report can be found here: http://bit.ly/1eup6NO

The guide for consumers can be found here: http://bit.ly/1gnDICS

Comment On This Story

Comments are closed.

Related Content
Latest Stories on SCVNews.com
1888 - Newhall's luxurious Southern Hotel burns to the ground [story]
Ezra visits different schools each year to share with other children what he has gone through and how being different is not a problem. His inspirational talks demonstrate how anyone can achieve his or her dreams, no matter what the circumstances might be.
Make It Happen | Linda Castro
It’s the weekend before Halloween, and local rockers are getting on their ghoul.
SCV Entertainment Beat: Rockers are Getting Their ‘Ghoul’ On
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak: Sheriff's deputies and the Hart School District are investigating an alleged assault that happened at Valencia High School Friday night. The fight, was caught on tape and circulated on social media early this week.
SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Margo Hudon (of Margo's boutique) and Brett Walter, field deputy to Rep. Buck McKeon, have joined the board of Single Mothers Outreach.
Margo Hudson, Brett Walter Join SMO Board
Things to do in & near the city of Santa Clarita.
SCV Arts & Events: Ghost Adventures, more
BioSolar Inc., producer of innovative bio-based solar energy products and developer of a breakthrough supercapacitor technology, announced that its innovative BioSuperCap technology will be presented at Supercapacitors USA 2014 at Santa Clara during the week of Nov. 19
Local Solar Energy Tech Firm to Present at Conference
The City of Santa Clarita is offering complimentary California native oak trees to residents in honor of the community’s annual “Oaktober” celebration. Residents can contact the City through November 7, 2014 to order the free trees, which are exempt from the City’s Oak Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance.
Free Oak Trees in “Oaktober”
The doors to "Beware the Dark Realm" open this Friday, Oct. 24. The haunted house located at 28621 Sugar Pine Way in Saugus is raising funds and collecting supplies for the SCV Food Pantry.
‘Beware the Dark Realm’ and Help the Needy
The Hart girls volleyball team is still rolling. The Hart girls swept Canyon, 3-0, and are undefeated in first place in the Foothill League standings.
SCV Sports Roundup for Oct. 22
Free training sessions for local entrepreneurs, from the Small Business Development Center at College of the Canyons.
COC Small Business Center: Lesson in Crowdfunding, more
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the tenth time this year with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby boy.
Baby Safely Surrendered at Tarzana Hospital
According to the college’s grant proposal, there are numerous challenges facing Latino students at COC. Seventy percent of students who are Latino work part-time, with an additional 25 percent committed to full-time jobs. Simply put, the resources that a Title V grant provides for COC will make it easier to address these issues with new procedures and increasingly specific objectives.
COC Awarded $2.6M Title V Grant
A disturbing video has surfaced on social media showing a group of high school-aged boys attacking another boy at Valencia High School.
Deputies Investigate Valencia Attack Caught on Camera
Longtime Canyon Country resident Jennifer Trosper is one of 440 Jet Propulsion Lab employees who makes the commute from the Santa Clarita Valley to the laboratory in Pasadena every weekday. Santa Clarita Resident Discusses Work At NASA’s Jet Propulsion LJPL is administered by CalTech and funded through NASA, and Trosper is currently the deputy project manager for the Curiosity rover, which is seeking evidence of Mars’ ability to sustain life.
SCV Resident Discusses Working for NASA-JPL
Tim Disney, entrepreneur and co-founder of independent film and documentary production company Uncommon Productions, has been appointed Chairman of CalArts’ Board of Trustees.
Tim Disney Named Chairman of Board of CalArts
Playing to a packed house of five hundred eager fans, Loggins and his band wowed the audience with a performance that included all of their favorite hits from his extensive songbook, while providing a level of intimacy with personal introductions of each song.
Golden Valley Marching Band Joins Kenny Loggins on Stage
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are asking the public to stop by the Annual Haunted Jailhouse Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SCV Deputies Hosting Haunted Jailhouse Sunday
[KHTS] Carolann Scott, 22, of Agua Dulce, was crowned Miss Rodeo California 2015 on Oct. 18 after a four-day-long competition of speeches, interviews and horsemanship tests.
Agua Dulce Cowgirl Named Miss Rodeo California 2015
Jim McDonnell isn't “in” the LASD. He is the city of Long Beach Police Chief. He knows Los Angeles County and wants to see it improve. To do that, he has to be elected so the LASD can be professional from the top down again. All of those great deputies need and deserve the leadership Jim McDonnell can provide.
Our Next Sheriff
1898 - Birth of Mary S. Ruiz, eldest child of Enrique & Rosaria Ruiz of San Francisquito Canyon; all died in 1928 dam disaster [cemetery census]
OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center is pleased to present the work of artist Al P. Bringas featured to illustrate the new book "West to Bravo: A Western Novel" by Eric H. Heisner. Join us for a special Artist Reception and Author Book Signing at OutWest in Old Town Newhall on Sunday Nov. 2 from 2pm-5pm.
OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center Hosts Artist Reception / Costume Contest
The Dia De Los Muertos Santa Clarita Valley will feature entertainment and activities throughout the day culminating in a service co-celebrated by Father Norm from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Santa Clarita and Capitana Maria E. Soria.
Nov. 1: Dia De Los Muertos at Eternal Valley
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak: Two people are recovering from injuries they sustained when a Canyon Country home went up in flames Monday night.
SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, October 21, 2014