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Consumer ignorance drives big jump in medical ID fraud

Antone Gonsalves | Sept. 16, 2013
Medical records contaminated by the perpetrator 'could actually have severe impact,' says study's sponsor, Medical Identity Fraud Alliance

Healthcare providers could help to reduce fraud by improving their procedures for identifying people coming in for services. However, Slade argued that the crime could only be significantly reduced through a "holistic risk management approach" that involved service providers, insurers, government agencies, consumer groups and law enforcement.

"All of these organizations agree that fraud is not a competitive issue and we need to work cooperatively to address medical identity fraud," Slade said.

Founding members of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance include providers of healthcare and support services, insurers and technology companies.

 

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