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FTC Releases Medical Identity Theft Guide

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 8, 2011

The FTC has released information for healthcare providers and health insurers about how to help patients minimize the risk of medical identity theft and deal with the consequences if it occurs. The Medical Identity Theft FAQs for Health Care Providers and Health Plans publication says indications that medical identity theft has occurred include health plan statements that benefit limits have been reached or insurance claim denials due to medical conditions the patient doesn't have. Healthcare providers and insurers should advise victims to notify health plans, file complaints with police and the FTC and review credit reports, the report states.
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