Although it's unfortunate, a growing number of third party requestors have begun to adopt practices to harass healthcare providers for access to protected health information (PHI) that they are not authorized to access. In recent years, these third parties have adapted their methods and figured out new ways to either trick their way into obtaining this confidential data, or bully release of information technicians in the attempt to do so. Each outside entity has its own reasons for trying to unlawfully review PHI. Some may be looking for ways to avoid making a full payment for services - or to make any payment at all. Others may be interested in obtaining information that could be damaging to a public figure, such as certain cosmetic treatments. Still others might be attempting to illegally raise insurance premiums for patients based upon genetic information. Whatever the reasoning, though, it's important for all those associated with the release of information process to be aware of what is going on, and to know what they should be looking out for. To help you protect your facility and the privacy of your patients, here are a few of the most common ways that third party requestors are harassing healthcare professionals for PHI.