Ever thought that someone might want to submit your tax returns for you?
They will even collect your refund – their payday when they scam your personal identity.
Michael Kaiser Blog, Executive Director of Stay Safe Online, notes on his blog that tax cyber crimes are on the rise. The Tax ID thieves usually file returns early using the taxpayers' stolen personal information so that they can cash the refunds before the taxpayer can file their legitimate tax return.
Help Your Patients to Understand How to Safely Access Their Information
When patients or clients ask you for their account statement information, take the time to ask them for photo ID and a proper authorization to disclose their personal information.
Help them to understand that you can release their own information to the patient or to another person (a spouse, for example) only with the patient's written authorization. Even ‘just' health care billing information is important.
Show your patients that you care about the safety of their information by taking steps to make sure we are protecting their patient and client information.
This Practice Management Success Tip includes
- Tips to help you implement this procedure
- Template authorization form
- Poster to quickly explain to your patients how your procedure helps to protect their privacy