May 13, 2015
Your first clue that your identity has been stolen may be an increase in the amount or type of junk mail. It’s important to catch identity theft early. Thieves could steal your money and worse: They could compromise your health. Consequences from medical identity theft include false diagnoses, records showing treatments that never occurred, misinformation about allergies, and incorrect lab results.
Protecting your personal information is the best line of defense in the fight against health care fraud and abuse. Never give out your Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security numbers to strangers. Don’t carry your Medicare or Medicaid card unless you will need it. Record doctor visits, tests, and procedures in your personal health care journal. Always review your Medicare Summary Notice.
Click here for an article that gives tips on how to protect your identity.