Medical identity theft continues to be major problem in the US with approximately 2.32 million adults or close family members falling victim in 2014. According to the Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft by the Ponemon Institute, medical identity theft is on the rise with a 21.7% increase since last year.
Doctors playing defense The government cites defensive medicine as a factor in the escalation of health care costs. However, a recent study indicates that 73% of physicians engage in some form of defensive medicine. The payers’ perception of defensive medicine is negative, but the providers’ view it as a necessary evil in today’s environment. Medical
The physician payment sunshine provisions of the Affordable Care Act have been issued with the intent of reducing potential conflicts of interest. The relationships of physicians and manufacturers are under focus. On February 1, 2013 CMS released the final rule that will increase transparency of relationships between doctors and industry. Data collection will begin on