The definition of medical identity theft is the fraudulent use of an individual’s personally identifiable information (PII), such as name, Social Security number, and/or medical insurance identity number to obtain medical goods or services, or to fraudulently bill for medical goods or services using an unlawfully obtained medical identity. Unfortunately, the definition of MIDT and the consequences that are associated with the crime are not common knowledge to the general public. Medical identity theft (MIDT) is a crime that has profound consequences for patients, insurance providers, and health care providers.
In order to minimize the effects of MIDT we must better understand the nature of MIDT. For this purpose, the ITRC created and released a new video - What is Medical Identity Theft?. This video is part of an ongoing campaign to educate the public about the many issues surrounding this topic. The video was shot as part of an ongoing program to increase awareness about this issue. The campaign was made possible through financial support provided by The Rose Foundation.
The ITRC has several Fact Sheets, Solutions and Letter Forms listed below to assist victims facing medical identity theft and to heighten consumer awareness on medical identity theft issues. Additional information on medical identity theft issues is provided in our ITRC Medical Identity Theft blogs.
- ITRC Fact Sheet 130 - Basic Medical Identity Theft
- ITRC Fact Sheet 130A - Correcting Misinformation on Medical Records
- ITRC Solution 22 - Medicare Cards and Social Security Numbers
- ITRC Letter Form - Request to Receive and/or Correct Medical Records
Medical Identity Theft Fraud Alliance
The ITRC is proud to announce that it is a founding member of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) - the first cooperative public/private sector effort created specifically to unite all stakeholders in jointly developing solutions and best practices for the prevention, detection and remediation of medical identity fraud.
Medical identity theft and fraud constitute a major societal problem exerting pressure on our healthcare and financial ecosystems. The MIFA membership is dedicated to building focused direct prevention and resolution mechanisms. MIFA aims to manage the impact of medical identity theft through stakeholder-coordinated research, increasing education and awareness, developing focused tools and procedures, promoting best-in-class strategies, technologies and practices and influencing government regulations, policies and laws.
MIFA is also dedicated to helping its members better protect their organizations and consumers from medical identity theft and the resulting financial, physical and emotional damage it can cause.
Medical Identity Theft Knowledge Survey
The ITRC recently conducted its Medical Identity Theft Knowledge Survey. The ITRC fielded this survey to determine consumers’ knowledge and understanding of medical identity theft. Specifically, the survey was designed to test consumers’ existing knowledge of the definition and characteristics of medical identity theft, how to detect an incident of medical identity theft and how to remediate one’s medical identity theft case after becoming a victim
Media Outreach - Medical Identity Theft and Healthcare Breaches
Medical Identity Theft: How the health care industry is failing us, Fortune, August 31, 2014
Health care data breaches have hit 30M patients and counting, Washington Post, August 19, 2014
The Rise of Medical Identity Theft in Healthcare, Kaiser Health News, February 7, 2014
Cyberattacks are on the rise. And health-care data is the biggest target., Washington Post, February 5, 2014
Medical Identity Theft a growing concern, MultiBriefs, February 19, 2014
The $5.6 Billion ID Theft That Can Literally Kill You, The Fiscal Times, March 12, 2014
Healthcare dominates US data breach incidents, latest figures show, TechWorld, February 18, 2014
Why Hackers Are Targeting Health Data, Data Breach Today, July 7, 2014
Fast-rising medical ID theft hits employers hard, Benefits Pro, 2014
The rise of medical identity theft, TimesRecordsNews, February 10, 2014
Identity thieves now targeting your prescriptions, KOMO News, June 18, 2013
TODAY chat: Expert advice on medical identity theft, TODAY Money, June 6, 2013
Your Hospital Records Might Not Be As Safe From An Identity Thief As You Think, International Business Times, February 10, 2013
The ITRC would like to thank the Rose Foundation for its continued financial support of the ITRC mission.