|‘Red Flag’ rules arrive at hospital; photo ID required|
Chase County Community Hospital and Chase County Clinic have responded to recent rules enacted by the federal government designed to help guard patients against financial and medical identify theft.
Financial identity theft occurs when someone unlawfully accesses patient records and uses the information to exploit the financial accounts of the victim.
Medical identity theft occurs when a person’s name or other aspects of their identity (such as insurance information) are used to obtain medical services. Since health records contain social security numbers, home numbers, financial information and insurance information, new measures have been adopted that will aid in detecting red flags.
As a result of these new Red Flag rules, hospital and clinic employees will be implementing new procedures designed to detect false information as it relates to patient accounts, according to Renee Fink, the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer.
Along with insurance co-payments, patients will be asked to provide photo identification and their insurance card on every visit. Additionally, clinic personnel are obtaining photos of all patients as they visit the clinic. This photo, which will not need to be taken on each visit, will be attached to the patient’s electronic medical record.