A Shift to Health Care: Medical Identity Theft

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article (subscription required), an estimated 2.3 million Americans were affected by medical identity theft last year. Not only are thieves stealing health insurance information and obtaining medical procedures for which the victim is billed, but the victims’ medical records then contain inaccurate information—that of the thief.

In response, the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance has been formed by a number of organizations, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and the U.S. Department of Labor, in an effort to “reduce the frequency and impact of medical identity fraud.”

Though sometimes linked to organized identity theft rings, medical identity theft often is committed by someone close to the victim with access to his or her information. Here are three items to remember:

  1. Protect your medical insurance cards with the same care as your driver’s license or Social Security card.
  2. Review your medical records for accuracy.
  3. Review notices of submitted or paid claims from your health insurance company.

For more information or questions regarding this topic, contact a BKD forensics professional.

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Angela has 20 years of experience and leads BKD’s forensic accounting and investigations team, providing fraud investigation and prevention, complex litigation support and forensic accounting services for a variety of business clients. She regularly provides consulting and expert witness assistance to attorneys in a variety of litigation matters. Angela and her team have investigated some of the largest fraud cases in the United States. Her clients include the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Angela Morelock – who has written posts on BKD Forensics.


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