The recent issue of Consumer Reports provided valuable tips on Medical Identity Theft. According to the Ponemon Institute, a private security research firm, an estimated 481,657 new cases of medical identity theft were reported between 2013 and 2014, an increase of almost 22 percent.
To lower your risk, here are a few tips:
(1) Get copies of your medical records and add new information each time you receive treatment. If your records are corrupted by a thief, you’ll have proof they were altered.
(2) Check your medical records at least once annually.
(3) Read every explanation of benefits (EOB). If you notice anything fishy, call about it right away.
(4) Be careful with your Social Security Numer and Insurance ID number. Only share when absolutely necessary.
(5) Never share your health data or personal information over the phone or via email unless you’re sure who you are communicating with.
(6) Ask your healthcare providers how they safeguard your information.
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