Many practices are not ready to deal with patients who refuse to share basic information such as a copy of their driver’s license.
After Anthem and other large scale health care breaches, many patients are becoming more and more hesitant to share their information with their doctors.
If Anthem can be hacked, so can your practice.
Many practices are not prepared and office staff do not know how to handle patients who refuse to share information or refuse to allow copies to be made of patient identification.
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If your practices is like the majority of practices, then your practice is probably not equipped for a breach. Many doctor’s offices require that patients provide identification to verify patient identities for billing and service purposes.
But patients are becoming concerned. Many practices keep copies of patients’ Driver’s Licenses. Practices also keep records of social security numbers and credit card information.
There is a growing trend of patients fighting against these practices as they are concerned about their information being stolen in a breach.
Health care providers are becoming popular targets for hackers. We help our clients train their staff to deal with patient refusals and breaches.
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Does your practice keep copies of patient Driver’s Licenses? What is your policy if patients refuse to let you copy their License?
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