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…]

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…]

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Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), signed by President Bush on August 27, 2004, was originally enacted to address the wide variety and differing security levels of identification credentials used to access secure facilities.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…]

Remote Access — Do You Know Who Is In Your Data?

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Just over 80 percent of HR managers in a recent survey gave their agencies a grade of B or C for progress in meeting the Telework Enhancement Act’s goals of using telework to achieve greater flexibility in workforce management Letting workers access sensitive systems and data from off-site locations and, potentially, using uncontrolled devices raises a [Read More…]

Improving Patient Outcomes through Secure Data Exchanges

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Michael Nelson recently presented at the WEDI Annual Conference on the topic of Secure Medical Record Exchanges. Sharing patient information across healthcare networks helps providers offer better care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce costs. However, as more and more health information becomes available electronically through secure data exchanges – Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health [Read More…]

Protecting Against Willful Compromise

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A lock is easily opened when the owner gives the key to somebody else. This is true for gaining access to online accounts with passwords as well as second factor authentication tokens and smart cards. A person can willfully share their credentials for a number of reasons. A husband may share password and token with [Read More…]

2014 Farm Bill Requires New Report to Prove SNAP Benefits Not Paid to the Deceased

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A provision of the 2014 Farm Bill requires agencies to submit a report to the USDA to prove they haven’t issued benefits to the deceased. Section 4032 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, “Annual State report on verification of SNAP participation,” says that agencies must submit a report to the Secretary of Agriculture …containing sufficient [Read More…]