By Peter Pollack
AAOS member finds his name used in Medicare scam
Rising levels of identity theft have become a major issue for prosecutors and law enforcement officials, and given the quantity of identifying information requested by health plans, hospitals, and the government, physicians have become prime targets for scammers. Stolen physician identities can be used in elaborate schemes, particularly with billing for durable medical equipment (DME) for patients covered by Medicare. That’s what happened to one AAOS member, Richard J. Haynes, MD.