Medical Identity Theft on the Rise

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Medical identity theft and fraud are rising as more private patient data is put online without adequate security measures. Not only are patients being billed for treatments they never received, medical records are being altered in ways that can have life-threatening consequences. In the most recent survey conducted by the Identity Theft Resource Center, medical identity [Read More…]

Attacking Identity Theft and Fraud with Analytics

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According to a recent study there was a increase of more than 500,000 fraud victims to 13.1 million people in 2013, the second highest number since the study began. Analytics that separate the real person from the fraudster using someone else’s name help provide maximum protection against identity theft. Our sources of credit, collections, and other private [Read More…]

Thwarting True Name Fraud Like Never Before

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Identity theft impacts over 15 million US consumers a year, at a cost to businesses of over $50 billion annually. Many of us are worried about our identities being stolen. Can more be done to protect the consumer? Absolutely. More also needs to be done to protect businesses from fraud and theft based on identity [Read More…]

Hackers Leave Customers Everywhere At Risk

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Before most systems are hacked, a personal or corporate identity is compromised – online or offline. An initial compromise may be a very sophisticated, software-driven breach of a website’s infrastructure; such as the recent data breach reported last month at JP Morgan, where it’s reported that Russian-based hackers took advantage of a technical flaw in [Read More…]

We’re the government. Trust us.

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Posted with premission from FCW. By Troy K. Schneider Aug 13, 2014 The Federal Housing Administration works with lenders to insure more than $1 trillion in mortgage loans. The Department of Homeland Security shares vital information with thousands of partners at the international, federal, state, local, territorial and tribal levels, as well as in the [Read More…]

Protecting Data Privacy

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Theft of consumer financial and identity information is rising, and the subsequent use of those stolen identities to attempt breaches of other sites compounds the problem. So far this year there have been more than 100 data breaches caused by hacking or similar reasons according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, with more than 200 breaches from all reasons. [Read More…]

HSPD-12 – Ten Years On

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Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), signed by President Bush on August 27, 2004, was originally enacted to address the wide variety and differing security levels of identification credentials used to access secure facilities. The directive established standards for verifying an individual’s identity and issuing a tamper-proof credential that could be rapidly authenticated electronically. The [Read More…]

MESC: Streamlining the Applicant Eligibility Experience with Program Integrity

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Rich Huffman, Sr Director – Identity Product Management, recently presented at MESC  on how to improve program integrity by understanding applicant eligibility early in the process. Public health and welfare outcomes are enhanced when members smoothly access the correct programs. States, exchanges, and human services programs need to balance the applicant experience with the need for integrity [Read More…]

Identity Proofing Essentials for Effective Government Operations

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Who are you and how can you prove it? Seems like an easy question, yet in the digital environments where we work and live, this is no longer such a straightforward matter. Each individual is identified not only by a name, authoritative source (such as a Social Security Number, Passport, or Driver’s License), address, phone number, [Read More…]

Detecting Fraud and Abuse in Healthcare

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Dr. Michael Nelson, Equifax VP of Healthcare Strategy and Business Development, recently participated at the AHIMA CDI Summit in a panel discussion on “Leveraging Data and Analytics to Detect Fraud and Abuse in Healthcare.”  The panel was moderated by Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO for the eHealth Initiative. In a white paper published last year, the eHealth Initiative stated: [Read More…]