Monday, May 13, 2013

Medical ID Theft Growing, Especially Among Seniors

According to the FBI, 10 million are victims of identity theft each year. Among those thefts, medical identity theft is increasingly threatening all patients, especially seniors.

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop on issues related to identity and medical identity theft among older citizens. The panelists considered the impact of new laws related to these issues, as well as best practices to detect, prevent, and remedy medical identity theft.

"Identity theft is the nation’s fastest-growing crime, claiming almost ten million victims per year, according to FBI statistics. Medical identity theft is the latest threat to affect patients—especially senior citizens." - PHIprivacy.net
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The workshop also had a panel on how to reach consumers age 65 and older with additional educational information about these risks such as that currently on the FTC website.

Sources:
(a) FTC Panel Highlights Growing Problem of Medical Identity Theft, Especially Among Senior Citizens - PHIprivacy.net, 05/01/2013
(b) Medical ID Theft: Health Information for Older People - www.ftc.gov, 10/2008

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