Healthcare Professionals
April 2014 Issue
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Industry News

Boom In Healthcare Growth Could Be Double-Edged Sword

As the nation continues to rebound from recession, it’s the health care industry that has continued to lead the recovery, boasting steady job growth figures and offering promising career opportunities for professionals at all career levels. Despite the optimistic figures, however, some experts are concerned that rising costs and government regulation may put a damper on the long-term outlook for the healthcare industry....More

Smartphones Enable Information Thieves To Steal Private Information Faster

Privacy is a crucial part of healthcare, but confidential patient information is highly vulnerable to breaches if left unguarded — as seen last year in Miami where a smartphone was used to steal patient information from a hospital....More

Superstorm Sandy Doesn't Slow Down Healthcare Employment

Despite the massive damage Superstorm Sandy caused on the East Coast, it didn’t stop healthcare employment from increasing by 20,000 jobs nationwide in November 2012, and healthcare remains among the most steadily growing industries in the U.S. that employs Notaries Public....More

Don't Leave Sensitive Tools Like Smartphones And Journals In Your Car While On The Job

While identity theft and patient privacy breaches at hospitals remain a major issue in the industry, Notaries working at hospitals and doctor’s offices also need to be careful not to leave important work tools in their vehicles during the day, as thieves target parked vehicles at healthcare facilities, looking for valuable medical items to steal. Leaving an item containing sensitive information like a phone or journal in your car is an invitation for a break-in....More

Three Questions To Ask Before You Notarize A Foreign-Language Document

While it’s possible to notarize a document written in a foreign language, it’s very important to take steps to ensure you aren’t being misled about the document’s content or the signer’s intentions before you proceed. Here are three important questions to ask before notarizing....More

When Saying No Is Not Acceptable

One of the toughest situations you can face is being asked to notarize a document in support of something that goes against your beliefs. In the healthcare profession, these circumstances can include highly controversial health practices, such as abortion, assisted suicide and the use of medical marijuana that often require notarized forms....More

Palmprints And Photos: ID Security Or Invasion Of Privacy?

With more people seeking healthcare services using false names and identities, hospitals are adding security features to verify patient identity, including palm print readers and photographing patients. While some observers see this as a necessary safeguard, others fear it’s a violation of patient privacy....More

ID Thieves Use Stolen Data To Pose As Healthcare Professionals

While healthcare Notaries know how important it is to safeguard a patient’s personal data, it’s equally important to protect records of co-workers you notarize for. Recent reports from California found more cases this year of identity thieves who use stolen identities to pose as doctors and other healthcare workers....More

Guest Column: May Someone With Dementia Sign A Will?

By Mark Miller, Elder Law Answers

Millions of people are affected by dementia, and unfortunately many of them do not have all their estate planning affairs in order before the symptoms start. If you or a loved one has dementia, it may not be too late to sign a will or other documents, but certain criteria must be met to ensure that the signer is mentally competent....More

Healthcare Workers Optimistic About Employment Despite Tough Economy

Despite high unemployment, half of all healthcare workers remain confident in their ability to find jobs in a tough market, according to survey data recently released by Randstad Healthcare....More

Congressional Committee Wants To Stop Use Of Social Security Numbers For Medicare ID

In an effort to protect elderly medical patients from identity theft, members of Congress are calling for a halt to the use of a Social Security number as an ID number on Medicare cards....More

Report Predicts Massive Health Job Losses By 2021 If Medicare Cuts Implemented

More than 760,000 healthcare jobs nationwide could be lost by 2021 due to Medicare spending cuts implemented last year, according to a recent report by the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and American Nurses Association....More

Department of Health Warns Providers Against Electronic Records Fraud

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has sent a warning to healthcare providers not to misuse electronic documents and patient information....More

The Consequences Of Failing To Protect Patient Information

Failing to protect Social Security numbers and other sensitive signer information from public exposure can bring serious consequences — as a major healthcare insurance provider found out this month after settling a breach of privacy lawsuit....More

Report: Healthcare Privacy Breaches Are At Highest Level In Eight Years

Privacy breaches in the medical field reached their highest level in eight years in 2012, and comprise nearly a third of all incidents reported so far this year, according to a report published by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)....More

Oaths Vs. Affirmations: Know The Difference

When executing a jurat, some signers’ personal beliefs may cause them to object to swearing an oath of truthfulness to a higher power. In these circumstances, the signer may make an alternative promise called an affirmation instead. An affirmation is a promise to be truthful based on the signer’s personal honor....More

Survey Suggests Physicians Need More Training In Electronic Records

Nearly half of physicians using electronic healthcare records (EHR) aren’t getting sufficient training to use them effectively, according to a survey of more than 2,300 doctors conducted by the online organization AmericanEHR Partners....More

FBI Report: Healthcare Fraud Involving Billing Documents Increasing

Cases of healthcare fraud — including falsification of billing documents and claims for Medicare reimbursement for medical services — are likely to increase as demand for health services grows in the future, a Federal Bureau of Investigation report warns. Healthcare professionals need to be vigilant and should report suspicious billing document activity to law enforcement....More

Expert Predicts Jobs Will Increase Following Supreme Court Healthcare Decision

Experts and government agencies have predicted strong growth in jobs for the healthcare industry. This trend will continue with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to an expert posting on the blog of a leading executive search firm....More

West Coast Cities Lead In Demand For Healthcare Workers In Q2 2012

Demand for healthcare workers grew fastest in West Coast cities in the second quarter of 2012, according to data published by Health Workforce Solutions LLC (HWS), a leading healthcare research firm....More

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