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Your source for healthcare compliance news, advice from industry experts, and all things related to OIG exclusions.

Industry News, Fraud and Abuse, Security

Medical Identity Theft on the Rise

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Thu, Oct 05, 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and there’s something on our mind that we would love to discuss - identity theft. Those two simple words send shivers down our spine. Identify theft crime is the fastest growing white collar crime in the United States. We have all seen, read or heard about this callous crime as it has caused widespread public devastation with incidents like the Target breach, Anthem Health Plan, and Equifax to name a few. It’s an invasion of our privacy and an attack on our individual security.

What most people don’t know about is medical identity theft. Let’s take a look at how this issue is defined and the impact it is having in the healthcare community.

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OIG Exclusion List, Healthcare Compliance, Healthcare Technology, Data Management, Human Resources, Long Term Care, Security

The compliance risks of a low-cost exclusion monitoring vendor

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Everyone loves to save money, but there is a time and a place when it comes to choosing a lower cost product and there is a time and a place when it comes to choosing a higher cost option. A great example of this situation is when it comes to buying new tires. As tempting as it might be to buy the cheaper brand, everyone knows investing in the premium brand of tires saves you money in the long run. Cheap tires can cause unnecessary wear on your car, whereas a set of premium tires are beneficial to numerous areas of your car like the brakes, the suspension and safety. There are certain situations when it is necessary to spend more money on a product to save yourself money in the long run. 

The same practicality of investing in premium brands can be seen across all industries.  

How many of you have searched a website that aggregates hotel sites to find the "same room" at a lower cost? I admit I have. But did I actually get what I thought I was bargaining for?  Nope – not even close. In fact, the room available was advertised on the web as the same as the hotel site, but for much more. Upon arrival, the “available room" was no longer available. What was available was a room with a view of the loading dock and dumpster in the back corner of the lowest floor.

Sometimes lower cost is an indicator of something bigger  or lesser, depending on how you look at it. 

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Security and Healthcare. You Can Never be too Safe.

Posted by Erin Lewis on Tue, Aug 04, 2015

"Guest post" from David Harlow, healthcare lawyer and consultant with over 25 years of public and private sector experience. He is the publisher of HealthBlawg.
“Only Connect”

In the future, everything will be connected.

That future is almost here.

Over a year ago, the Federal Trade Commission held an Internet of Things workshop and it has finally issued a report summarizing comments and recommendations that came out of that conclave.

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Industry News, Healthcare Technology, Data Management, Security

Recent Bitcoin Breach Poses Serious Digital Lessons

Posted by Justin Redifer on Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Recently, hackers were able to make off with $5 million from the popular bitcoin exchange, Bitstamp. Bitcoin is a digital form of currency that, just like real money, can be stolen from you if someone gains access to your “wallet” (a special file). The manner in which the hackers were able to gain access to Bitstamp’s systems highlights a number of security issues we should all proactively implement in to our daily digital activities.

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