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OIG: Medicare exposed to financial losses from ID theft
Modern Healthcare

Although the CMS managed to notify the nearly 14,000 Medicare beneficiaries whose medical identities were stolen in a recent two-year period, the agency failed to meet legal requirements designed to minimize financial losses to the program, a government watchdog found. The HHS inspector general’s report issued Wednesday examined the 14 reported CMS security breaches from Sept. 23, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2011, resulting in the stolen medical identities of 13,775 Medicare beneficiaries.

It found the agency failed to meet several legal requirements, including steps designed to stop payment for services linked to the stolen beneficiary numbers.