And all elected local, state and federal officials receive complaints from constituents about spam, identity theft, credit card fraud and dishonest product sales. We asked a Washington, D.
They may also go so far as to redirect calls that come into call centers to other providers and never report it.
When folks called a call center and asked for me by name as the interventionist, the callers were redirected to affiliate marketing sites where they were told they could be given a better match.
This, as well as other infractions, appears to be an ongoing problem.
In many ways, this fraud can be seen as a wonderful compliment. Folks think you are well known enough to use your name. It may very well be a sign of your own growth and maturity. Be Visionary, Visible and Vocal.
As a small business owner, I join my fellow colleagues in saying that we depend on our past clients, websites, speaking engagements, articles, blogs and books, and relationships with treatment centers to generate leads and referrals.
What we cannot afford and cannot tolerate is for our faces, hard-earned credentials, and reputation to be damaged through misconduct online.
In my discussion with Mr. Jones on the topic, he shared some insights to help the small business or behavioral health care professional work through identity theft. Sleep on it, cool off. Ask them to remove all instances of this misuse.
Often times this can be quickly resolved without any further action. However, if you encounter issues resolving this, contact your lawyer right away, typically a simple cease and desist can go a long way.
Just this past week I called a center with a webpage entitled All About Interventions - my registered business name and trademark - and the center without fuss changed the page. These people depend on quality care providers to bring them hope and healing. Law enforcement, regulators and lawmakers respond by adding harsher laws and regulations, which hurt the treatment centers, and in turn get passed on to a public in need of behavioral health care.
Another tragedy is that we have little recourse in this wild west of behavioral health. The truth is, legal action would be difficult as it would be hard to prove loss of reputation or earnings.
And, it is a very costly undertaking.
However, Harry Nelson, a behavioral health care attorney, sees the silver lining: The campaign could be shaped to be a deterrent to promote a robust and ethical behavioral health care industry. The difference is exponential. The downside to this is that many respond in finger-pointing with claims that everyone around them is responsible for the unethical behavior.
My discussions with Harry Nelson and West Jones helped me come to this conclusion: I believe we need to address the systemic lack of oversight that is a relic of the era in which addiction treatment was predominately private pay or self-insured before the arrival of medical health parity and the Affordable Care Act.
The behavioral health care community needs to develop a shared understanding of what real compliance standards are and what compliance programs, training, advertising, marketing policies and auditing should look like.
To learn more about Louise Stanger and her interventions and other resources, visit her website.Mar 22, · The first days I was working I did not have any proper training. The management takes forever to get a hold of and there is literally no chain of command.
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Much worse. It happened to me several years ago, and the worst part is that I could have discovered it much sooner. Traditional methods can't block the latest attackers, but a behavioral approach can tell the difference between bots and humans. Medical identity theft is when someone uses your information to receive medical care or benefits.
Crooks have even applied for apartment rentals, mortgages, jobs, .