Monday, November 3, 2014

Hospital Insider Stole Patient IDs for Fraud

A patient registration specialist at a Texas hospital stole thousands of patients' identities so the he could use them to build a home health care business he founded in 2006.

He had his company's employees use the stolen information to cold call seniors for services they didn't need or could not qualify for. His home health business then submitted fraudulent bills to Medicare and Medicaid

"Authorities say he misused the private information of more than 3,000 patients."
- Dallas News
It is unclear over how many years the identity thefts occurred. The hospital learned of the ID thefts when a worker at the home health business contacted police to report the owner had patient lists from the hospital. Healthcare organizations can proactively detect identity thefts and privacy data breaches, rather than learn about them from third parties, by utilizing low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Ex-Parkland employee to plead guilty to Medicare fraud - www.DallasNews.com,10/31/2014

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