DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER

 

Identity theft is prevalent.  The combination of Social Security number and Driver license number is dangerous and extremely foolish to give out.

I was scheduled for surgery at Deaconess Medical Center at Spokane, Washington for 2011 January 3.  Just before surgery, the medical center demanded my Driver license number.  When I refused, she said it was required by federal law regarding anyone being admitted to a hospital.  I would like a copy of that law.  They already had my Social Security number from my Medicare card.

She did not say that any other form of identification was acceptable.  Also, I did not bring my wallet, only enough cash to get to the hospital and back home.

I previously registered at admission on 2010 December 30.  No request for Driver license number was made then.  If it had been, I would have refused then, cancelled the surgery and not gotten the blood tests and X‑rays, which I have refused to pay for.

Deaconess Medical Center has since mailed me a letter and 4 pages of “Red Flag” rules.  The letter did not state what “Red Flag” rule, if any, that I triggered.

There was nothing in the 4 pages stating that a Driver license number was required by federal law regarding anyone being admitted to a hospital.  In truth and in fact, there is no federal law requiring a Driver license number regarding anyone being admitted to a hospital.  There are no laws requiring the recording, photocopying, scanning, etc., of picture and non‑picture identification.

Deaconess Medical Center did not have a posting at the front desk stating that a Driver license number is required regarding anyone being admitted to their Medical Center.

Even though they admittedly knew of the requirement, Inland Cardiology Associates did not have a posting at their front desk stating that a Driver license number is required regarding anyone being admitted to Deaconess Medical Center.

When I pre‑registered at Deaconess Medical Center they did not say that I would have to show identification at the time I was admitted for surgery.

Demanding a Driver license number just before surgery without any prior notice is both intimidation and a civil rights violation, and should be prosecuted by Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna.  So far, he has refused.

United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs medical identification cards do not have Social Security numbers, but instead have a barcode and a picture of the individual.  Medicare cards should be the same, not using Social Security numbers.

The United States Congress, Washington State Legislature and every other state assembly/legislature should pass specific laws restricting the demand for a Social Security number or Driver license number and prohibit the recording, photocopying, scanning, etc., of picture and non‑picture identification.  It is not only a matter of privacy, it will prevent identity theft.  At the present time, government is making identity theft easy.

The United States Department of Justice has ruled that anyone asking/demanding to see a Driver license for identification must have signs posted to that effect; and with regard to seeing picture identification when voting at polls, the picture must be on voter registration card.  Obviously, this ruling would imply the same for Medicare cards.

“THE THEFT OR IMPROPER REMOVAL OF PATIENT DATA HAS BEEN A REPEATED PROBLEM AT HOSPITALS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.  THERE HAVE BEEN MAJOR INCIDENTS AT HOSPITALS IN BALTIMORE, MINNEAPOLIS AND THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION; AND IN FEBRUARY, THE HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORP. IN NEW YORK CITY NOTIFIED 1.7 MILLION PATIENTS, STAFF AND VENDORS AT JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER IN THE BRONX THAT THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION WAS ON ELECTRONIC FILES STOLEN FROM THE HOSPITAL.”  Hartford Courant,  April 5, 2011

http://www.courant.com/health/connecticut/hc-buck-database-theft-at-midstate-0420110405,0,3359315.story

“BEWARE: SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AVAILABLE ONLINE VIA INDEXED TAX DOCUMENTS — TO CLARIFY, THESE ARE TAX DOCUMENTS, AS THEY HAVE BEEN, WILL BE SUBMITTED TO STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: NAMES, ADDRESSES, INCOME, PHONE NUMBERS, CREDIT CARD NUMBERS (STORED FROM E‑FILING) AND, WORST OF ALL, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS.  THE LATTER IS THE MOST DETRIMENTAL OF ALL.  NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL FILING THEIR TAXES HAVING THEIR IDENTITY POTENTIALLY STOLEN, BUT BECAUSE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE CHILDREN THAT THEY USE FOR TAX CREDITS.

“AS ANY PARENT KNOWS, YOU MUST INCLUDE CERTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN WHEN USING THEM FOR TAX BREAKS, NAMELY, THEIR NAMES AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS.  THAT TAKES IDENTITY THEFT INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ATMOSPHERE, SINCE A CHILD HAVING THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN MOST LIKELY WILL NOT FIND OUT UNTIL YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, LONG AFTER THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE AND THE PERPETRATOR HAS VANISHED.  THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH IGNORANCE ARE FAR-REACHING.”  Zdnet,  April 11 2011

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/seo/beware-social-security-numbers-available-online-via-indexed-tax-documents/2819

THE RECORDS OF ABOUT 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE, INCLUDING SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, WERE ERRONEOUSLY PLACED ON A PUBLIC COMPUTER SERVER AT THE TEXAS COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE AND REMAINED THERE FOR ABOUT A YEAR UNTIL OFFICIALS DISCOVERED THE MISTAKE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO, THE AGENCY ACKNOWLEDGED TODAY.

THE RECORDS INCLUDED THE NAMES AND MAILING ADDRESSES OF INDIVIDUALS, AS WELL AS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, SAID OFFICIALS. TO VARYING DEGREES, THE MATERIAL RELEASED PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS DATES OF BIRTH OR DRIVER LICENSE NUMBERS.”  Star Telegram  April 11, 2011

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/04/11/2991593/texas-comptrollers-office-mistakenly.html





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