Why Gang Leader’s Girlfriends Want to Work in Your Physician Practice

In a very interesting article titled Why Gang Members Want Your Identity Fox Business News reporter Kate Rogers examines a disturbing trend of stealing electronic patient records and using them to commit crimes.  They want your social security number and address and then they can use them to submit phony tax returns!

My CPA told me that many of his long-time clients file their carefully prepared returns and IRS writes back to say they were already submitted!

Detective Craig Catlin of North Miami Beach Police called it an ‘epidemic’ among city gangs.  He said, “Every gang member is doing this, it’s a business to them – they’re doing burglaries and having other members commit the fraud”.

As a medical professional – why should you care? Because gang leaders are having their girlfriends get jobs at physician offices and hospitals, and they stay for one day or one week, just long enough to steal all the medical records.  Then they have a ‘Tax Party’ and file hundreds of false tax returns!  They can make $50,000 in one evening.  They just need the records.

How to prevent this from happening to you, which, of course, would also result in a HIPAA fine of up to $1,500,000 dollars, is to be very strict with background checks and be very wary of unsolicited job seekers.

Additionally, having active, and online monitoring in effect will send out a warning to new individuals that their every keystroke is tracked and watched.  Of course, banning zip drives and using encryption are also strong controls to add.

Walk through your office today – count the tattoos and draw your own conclusions.


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About Caroline Ramsey-Hamilton

Caroline Ramsey-Hamilton is a leading expert in assessing security risk in both information security and facilities security including security risk assessments, active shooter and security risk assessments for hospitals and healthcare organizations, cybersecurity, nuclear security, and also auditing, analyzing and measuring compliance with all major security standards, like DHS, FEMA 426-428, The Joint Commission, HIPAA Security & Privacy Rules, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and OSHA 3148 for Preventing Workplace Violence. And including both C-TPAT and CFATS. She is currently working on a universal set of easy security tools that will make it easy to assess risk in a variety of companies, agencies and business. Her company, Risk & Security LLC, works with more than 500 clients around the world using a program that standardizes site surveys and assessments and makes it easier to compare facilities and measure their level of security. She posts breaking security & risk alerts at www.twitter.com/riskalert. She's also an animal lover and tree hugger, and musician who loves dogs, horses, kitties, house rabbits, parrots, and especially beagles! I support www.brewbeagles.org and other animal rescue organizations and work toward a more peaceful and green world.

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