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Defining Document Security Paper

There is much more to Document Security Paper than just Hidden Message Technology (also known as "VOID Background").

CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services helped set the standard for document security paper when legislation was passed stating that all medical prescriptions must be written on Tamper Resistant Document Security Paper.

Prior to this legislation, many created a false sense of security by printing sensitive documents, coupons and medical prescriptions on paper that only contained hidden message security. It is a fact, hidden message security feature does not work 100% of the time on 100% of copiers and scanners. Protecting a document from unauthorized duplication, requires layer on layer security.

And while hidden message technology is one security feature, it is among the weakest and easiest to bi-pass.

Security Features fall into two categories: OVERT and COVERT.
To secure a document and make it Tamper Resistant requires the use one or more security features from each category

To be considered Tamper Resistant Security Paper, as defined by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), the actual paper on which the document is written must contain at least ONE SECURITY FEATURE from each of the three categories.
  1. Category One ~
    One or More industry-recognized features designed to prevent unauthorized duplication

  2. Category Two ~
    One or More industry-recognized features designed to prevent the erasure or modification
    of information written on a document by the author.

  3. Category Three ~
    One or More industry-recognized features designed to prevent the use of counterfeit documents.

Since the CMS legislation passed, there have been numerous discussions and papers written as to which security features fall under the three categories stated above. It is important to note the intent of the legislation; to prevent fraud and unauthorized document duplication.

"Industry-Recognized" security features and the categories in which they fall.



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To make a document Tamper Resistant requires much more than printing it on a sheet of paper that only contains Hidden Message Technology.
CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) legislation has created a set of guidelines to provide a better understanding of Tamper Resistant Security Paper and Document Security Paper Features.

This document was prepared by the Document Security Compliance Team at Micro Format, Inc.

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