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Protection From Identity Theft

Published on Nov 14, 2014 at 8:23 am in Law and Information.

The recent data breaches at Home Depot, Target, and even JP Morgan Chase have left millions of Americans at risk for identity theft. Retail stores are one thing, but then one of the largest financial institutions in the country, which employs state-of-the-art data protection techniques still can’t keep your data safe – it makes individuals think we need to take action ourselves to ensure our private information stays private.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that in 2012 over 16 million people in the U.S. were victims of identity theft. The losses from this crime have amounted to over $24 billion. And it’s estimated that the crooks are increasing their take. One study found that from 2012 to 2013 the number of identity theft victims increased significantly.

Reports show that the criminals are getting better at using the information that they do hack. Indeed, some experts guessed that the JP Morgan Chase breach may have been a test to gather information for some larger purpose. This motive is speculated because although the criminals went to great lengths to get inside the bank’s systems, they didn’t access funds that they could have easily gotten.

Medicare to Fine Hospitals

Published on Jul 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm in Law and Information.

Coming this fall Medicare will, for the first time as part of the Affordable Care Act , reduce payments to hospitals that post excessive rates of infections. Payments will also be lowered for excessive incidence of other preventable injuries to patients such as blood clots, bedsores and falls.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) describe the program as follows:

Section 3008 of the Affordable Care Act requires CMS to establish a program for IPPS hospitals to improve patient safety by imposing financial penalties on hospitals that perform poorly with regard to hospital-acquired conditions. HACs are conditions that patients did not have when they were admitted to the hospital, but which developed during the hospital stay.

Talking to Your Children about Tragedy

Published on Dec 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm in Law and Information.

School shootings, like the one that recently happened in Newtown, Connecticut, can raise difficult questions for adults. They wonder whether their children are safe at school and what they can do to raise awareness within their own communities. Many times though, children who see the news and overhear adults talking about the tragedy develop their own questions and fears. That’s why it makes sense for adults to learn how they can help children process the distressing information and emotions that they might experience after a tragedy.

What Parents Can Do to Help Children

The American Psychological Association (APA) has several tips that can help children process distressing events so that they can cope with the situation in positive ways.

Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

Published on Nov 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm in Law and Information.

Identity theft continues to be a growing problem in a world that has become almost exclusively digital. New age thieves can end up costing you hours and hours of time spent clearing your name, not to mention a potential lifetime of credit issues. However, there are a few things you can do to help prevent becoming a victim.

First, buy a shredder. Be sure to destroy any old receipts, account statements, and expired credit cards. Also, make sure you destroy any old credit card offers that come in the mail because they can be used to easily open credit cards in your name.