OIG Report Faults CMS, Contractor Efforts To Track ID Thefts

Law360, New York (October 10, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT) -- Medicare and its benefit integrity contractors have fallen short when using a database designed to respond to medical identity theft, according to a report released Wednesday that found that almost 14,000 Medicare beneficiaries were exposed to information breaches in two years.

The inspector general's report found that between September 2009 and December 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported 14 breaches of protected health information affecting 13,775 Medicare beneficiaries.

Although the beneficiaries were notified, as required by the 2009 stimulus act, CMS failed to meet...
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