Picture ID Required For Medical Services - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/12/06

Picture ID Required For Medical Services

Identity theft isn't just scary when someone is shopping on your dollar. Imagine if someone else were stealing medical treatment from your insurance plan?

That concern is why the nation's largest HMO, Kaiser Permanente, is taking one more precaution. The company says it's time to make sure patients seeking treatment are who they say they are by showing a picture ID before any medical services.

"Many of our large employer groups as well as medicare are asking what are we doing to prevent fraud.   This is one of our answers," said Sue Orden Van, of Kaiser Permanente.  

The photo ID is already in place in Colorado, and it is being phased in across the country with a broader national ID requirement set to begin next year. Experts say the extra ID will also cut down on medical errors by reducing the risk of patients getting the wrong treatment based on someone else's medical records.

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