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Medical Identity Theft On The Rise
NPR/WBUR: Medical identity theft in which thieves use stolen social security numbers, names and insurance information to seek treatment under an assumed identity is on the rise. "Over the past 12 months, [CoxHealth Hospital in Missouri] has seen nine instances of identity theft - four in the past 45 days, says Betty Breshears, vice president of corporate integrity at the hospital." Such thefts can cost the victims money, but also risk physical harm, because inaccurate medical information, such as blood type, may be recorded in patient records. The thieves are often health care insiders, such as accounting department staff. Federal and state officials, as well as insurers are trying to crack down on the problem (Moore, 2/28).
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