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Feature Embezzlement

"This could never happen to me."

A physical therapist (PT) who believes that his or her practice is immune to embezzlement, a data breach, or other similar threat isn't up to speed with the reality of the 21st century. The truth is, embezzlement and theft can happen in any practice and, in fact, often the perpetrators are longtime, trusted employees.

Marcee Hopper, PT, in Corbin, Kentucky, found this out the hard way.

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  2. Marquet C. The 2013 Marquet report on embezzlement. Marquet International. www.marquetinternational.com.
  3. Report to the nations on occupational fraud and abuse: 2014 global fraud study. Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. http://www.acfe.com/rttn/docs/2014-report-to-nations.pdf. Accessed March 8, 2015.
  4. Healthcare IT News. "HIPAA data breaches climb 138 percent." http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/hipaa-data-breaches-climb-138-percent. Accessed March 6, 2015.
  5. US Department of Health and Human Services. Health information privacy rule. http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/privacyrule/. Accessed March 6, 2015.

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