‘Side Effects’ of Affordable Care Act

by Bob Gregg

The list of side effects for many medications is long and somewhat frightening—anything from dizziness to fever to death. Side effects of the Affordable Care Act are equally troubling—including increased risk to data security and patient privacy—according to findings from the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security by Ponemon Institute.

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ID Experts Launches MIDAS

by Bob Gregg

Criminals stealing children’s Medicaid numbers. Billing Medicare for “phantom clinics” that exist only on paper. A fraudster posing as a doctor. These horror stories are real and far too frequent. According to the FBI, healthcare fraud costs the United States at least $80 billion a year, and the Ponemon Institute’s 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft found that 1.84 million people are victims of medical identity theft.

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Identity Authentication Under Attack

by Bob Gregg

You know those questions that those “highly secure” websites like your bank or your brokerage account ask you to verify your identity? They do this because they believe they are asking you questions that only you, the real you, would know.  Well, it looks like it is time to reconsider that belief.

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The Dangerous Consequences of Medical Identity Theft

by Bob Gregg

The 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft, sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, with support from ID Experts, finds that that an estimated 1.84 million people are victims of medical identity theft in the U.S., costing victims an estimated $12.3 billion. Medical identity theft occurs when someone uses an individual’s name and personal identity to fraudulently receive medical services, goods, and/or prescription drugs, including attempts to commit fraudulent billing.

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10 Years of Data Breaches: Nothing to Celebrate for Victims of Medical Identity Theft

by Bob Gregg

Data breaches first appeared just 10 years ago when certain states enacted legislation that required the public disclosure of data breaches impacting consumers. Now they’re part of the consumer vocabulary. That’s no surprise, given that breaches affect the financial and physical health of consumers. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S., according to the FBI; an identity is stolen every 3 seconds, a recent Javelin Study found.

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ID Experts doing its part for the Wounded Warrior

by Bob Gregg

Part of ID Experts' core mission is to give back to its' community, not just in the Portland, Oregon area (our home town), but on the national stage. All of us made a conscious effort to find the right organization to get involved with about a year and a half ago. Unanimously, we chose the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Privacy Class Actions may be in your future

by Bob Gregg

In our never ending effort to keep you informed about the latest developments in the world of privacy data breaches and identity theft, comes the very recent news that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit just ruled on a case that could impact many of us with a need to protect personal information. In the attached article written for “The Privacy Advisor,” Henry Chalmers, attorney with Arnall, Golden, Gregory, LLP in Atlanta, writes:

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Patients at Growing Risk of Medical Identity Theft

by Bob Gregg

Today I want to comment on the report released yesterday on the Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, a research study conducted by The Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ID Experts.  While this study revealed lots of important data regarding the state of healthcare privacy and security in this country, including the fact that healthcare breaches continue to grow and technology trends are only making things worse, I want to concentrate today on one particular serious finding…. Patients and their personal health information (PHI) are facing a growing risk of medical identity theft.

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Medical Identity Theft…..We knew consumer awareness was lacking but WOW!

by Bob Gregg

We at ID Experts have been on a campaign to try to help educate consumers on the growing threat of Medical Identity Theft in the US. We know that most people don't really know what it is and, unfortunately, most people think of it as a potential financial loss issue instead of the serious health risk issue that it really is.

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Playing on the Winning Team - ID Experts Receives AHA Exclusive Endorsement

by Bob Gregg

Getting picked to play on a winning team is thrilling. ID Experts recently received that honor when The American Hospital Association (AHA) exclusively endorsed our Data Breach Preparedness and Response solution. We went through a rigorous screening process – much like one that you would expect with a professional athlete or maybe in picking a doctor for a very critical surgery. AHA looked at our track record, talked to our fans, evaluated our processes and our ability to succeed. It was tough and competitive.

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