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  • Identity Theft: Who’s Got Your Number?

    In the wake of the massive data breach at retail giant Target, nurses likely will find patients expressing concerns about identity theft and the safety of their healthcare information.   The threat is real. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 5% of identity theft victims report medical fraud.  In response, FTC in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 21, 2014
  • How Secure is Your Medical Information?

    Two of the most bandied-around concepts in healthcare are those of privacy and confidentiality. Even before HIPAA mandated measures to ensure that health information besafeguarded, medical professionals felt ethically bound not to disclose medical information to those who were not authorized or had a distinct ''need to know.'' The ...
  • Is Competition Bad?

    There’s an old joke I like in which two hikers discover a bear in the woods. The bear spots them and starts running at them full tilt. One of the hikers immediately drops his backpack, pulls out a pair of sneakers, and starts removing his boots. “What are you doing?” asks the second hiker. “You’ll never outrun a bear!” The first hiker says, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 9, 2012
  • Medicare New Reimbursement Rules and Laboratory Errors

    Under new Medicare regulations effective October 2007, hospitals will no longer receive higher payments for the additional costs associated with treating patients for certain hospital- acquired infections and medical errors. Previously, complications could be used to increase the weighting of a diagnosis related group (DRG) over and above ...
  • Hard to Meet National Patient Safety Goal

    Several years ago, the Joint Commission instituted the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) which are revised on an annual basis. The Patient goals are designed to improve patient care and increase safety largely because of reports that almost 100,000 patients die each year due to medical errors. One huge reason for errors agreed on by ...