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Secure ID Coalition’s Neville Pattinson Testifies on Reducing Medicare Fraud

On November 28, 2012, Neville Pattinson, of the Secure ID Coalition, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health at a hearing titled, “Examining Options to Combat Health Care Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.” To read Mr. Pattison’s testimony, please see here. To watch the full hearing, please see the Energy and Commerce website.

 

Document Security Expert Frank Abangale Supports The Medicare Common Access Card Act, S. 1551/HR.2925

Earlier this month Frank Abangale, world renown document security and fraud prevention expert – as well as the subject of the movie Catch Me If You Can, based on his earlier life as a professional forger – testified before a Senate Committee on Aging hearing entitled “America’s Invisible Epidemic: Preventing Elder Financial Abuse.” In advising Congress on how to best protect seniors against identity theft and fraud, Abangale strongly urged Congress to create an upgraded Medicare smart card as described in The Medicare Common Access Card (CAC) Act, S.1551.

 

Upcoming Hearing: "Examining Options to Combate Health Care Waste, Fraud and Abuse"

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10am in the Rayburn House Office Building room 2123. THe hearing is titled, "Examining Options to Combate Health Care Waste, Fraud and Abuse." For more information please visit the House Energy and Commerce Committee Website.

 

The Scariest Halloween Story this Year!

This Halloween ghosts will try to haunt and old legends of headless horsemen will attempt to scare. All Hallows’ Eve is a night that relishes in the creepy and spooky. Teenagers will pack the movie theaters in order for a scare and kids will go through haunted houses before heading out to trick-or-treat. Countless horror stories will be told today to try and scare people. The most terrifying supernatural thing you’ll see all day is this amazing mind reader’s ability to delve into your life to reveal your deepest personal secrets. Let us know what you think in the comments section. Happy Halloween!

 

Ways and Means Leaders Criticize CMS for not Protecting Seniors from ID Theft

On Monday, October 22, 2012, House Ways and Means Committee members Wally Herger (R- CA) and Sam Johnson (R- TX), expressed their frustration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for not removing beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers from the Medicare Card. Their reaction comes on the heels of the latest HHS Inspector General Report, which found that Medicare cards with the Social Security number on the front increase seniors’ risk for both identity and medical identity theft. Reps. Herger and Johnson, who chair the Ways and Means Subcommittees on Health and Social Security respectively, held a joint hearing on this very topic in August of 2012. Despite the hearing, the HHS Inspector General Report and numerous calls from industry leaders, CMS is still not any closer to removing seniors’ Social Security numbers from their Medicare cards. Click here to read more about the Congressmen Herger and Johnsons’ comments in this article from The Hill. The full press release can be found on the Ways and Means Committee website.

 

Stolen Social Security Numbers and Medical ID Theft in Medicare

According to a recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General, over a quarter of a million Medicare beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers have been compromised.  In the report, HHS - which uses beneficiary’s Social Security numbers as their personal account identifier - shockingly concludes that Medicare cannot issue impacted beneficiaries new Medicare numbers. This inability to make a straightforward and simple remedy creates a gap in security that can leave the harmed seniors at risk for medical identity theft, which in turn can result – ironically enough – in denied medical coverage. The report notes that while assigning new Medicare numbers would greatly assist beneficiaries, Medicare will not take this simple step. For more information, please see Wednesday’s USA Today article.

 

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