KEEPING PERSONAL INFORMATION SAFE
(Dec. 23, 2019) — Healthcare fraud can hit anyone at any time, so you need to remain diligent about protecting yourself and others. Healthcare fraud scams occur when an individual or company misreport data to increase payments or claim for medical services that were never provided in the first place.
Solutions to Stop Healthcare Fraud Happening to You
Medical identity theft affects millions of Americans every year. Keep in mind the below solutions that can help to stop healthcare fraud happening to you.
These top three pieces of advice will help to save you or loved ones from your identity being impacted. Remember that if you don’t catch on to fraud, it can affect you for years to come. There are many companies that can help to prevent fraud attacks from happening to you, such as Bell PC Healthcare Fraud Group.
Obtain a Copy of Your Medical Records
Federal law allows you to obtain a copy of your medical records at any time. Contact your doctor for a copy of your medical records so you have all the essential information and documentation about yourself if you need to report a case of identity theft.
Each time there’s a change in your medical history or status, such as a medical procedure or new medication, ask for a copy of your records. Keep your documents in a safe place where no one can obtain them.
Keep Your Medical Information Private
Your health is personal to you, though there are legitimate times you’ll have to share this information with others. However, never share your health information or security number with anyone, unless it’s to your medical provider. However, if they ask for it, don’t be afraid to ask questions about why they want to obtain this information, and of course, question how they can keep this sensitive information safe.
Never share this information on the phone or via email. This is usually safe to do so if you began the communication and you’re aware of who you’re speaking with. As a rule of thumb, check to make sure that the website is legitimate or there’s a lock icon on the Internet’s safe bar for additional protection.
There will be times when you’ll need to dispose of your information – such as changes to your circumstances. Never just throw this information away as it’s a fraudster’s dream and makes it easy for them to access your information. Appropriately dispose of the documentation by shredding it.
Check Your Credit Reports
Each time you visit a doctor or use your insurance to pay for your treatment, documents will show this information, including what care you received. It’s your responsibility to check this information against what you believe is correct. Look out for any red flags, including the date of the service and what you received.
If you notice any mistakes or feel suspicious about something, contact your healthcare provider. Alternatively, if you notice an account open that you didn’t create or a debt that you apparently owe, notify your healthcare provider or inform the police.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.