Tuesday, September 12, 2006

AARP warns about scams for medical treatment

The September 2006 AARP Bulletin warns about stealing personal information to get medical treatment, and there seem to be insufficient safeguards in place to prevent this. The scammer becomes a pretexter, and calls another person to get personal information, and then uses it to get medical treatment. There is even a danger that a hospital could mix up treatment records of different patients and give incorrect care. Ironically, HIPAA provisions might interfere with attempts by victims to force hosptials to admit errors, billing a fraudulent patient.

Use of the NCOA USPS system as proposed in this blog would be effective in preventing this kind of medical billing fraud.

For more on consumer scams, visit this fraud alert link.

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