Online Buzz: Don't Be a Victim of Medical Identity Theft

Thief stealing medical records.

With the upswing in data breaches in the healthcare industry, America's seniors in particular are vulnerable to medical identity theft in which an unauthorized party gains access to a person's health information (health plan ID number, Social Security number, etc.). Using the stolen information, the thief can see a doctor, fill prescription medications, file claims and take other actions with the hacked identity. Medical identity theft is more than a significant headache—it also can lead to loss of treatment and payment denials for the affected individual.

Medical identity theft is an increasing threat as more doctor offices and medical facilities convert from paper to electronic files and make available to patients access to online records and services. Cyberthieves are earning $50 or more for one person's name, address, health plan ID number and Social Security number. By way of comparison, nabbing an active credit card only brings $1 to $3.

How can you protect your medical identity and that of your senior loved ones? Read more in the Right at Home blog, where you will always find the latest information about senior care and home care.

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With today's epidemic of fraud targeting older adults, most family caregivers know that they should discuss this topic with their senior loved ones—but these conversations aren't always easy! Find some tips in "Talking to Senior Loved Ones About Scams" in the April 2015 issue of Caring Right at Home.

Right at Home, Inc. is a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those we serve. We fulfill that mission through a dedicated network of locally owned providers of in home care services.