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#13 • How to Positively Identify Patients

It could happen to your office: a new patient uses someone else’s identification to falsely obtain dental benefits coverage. When discovered, the insurance company will recover its payment from you. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that you will then be able to recover your fee from the patient. Download as a word document How to Positively […]

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How to Calculate an Advisor’s Trustworthiness

We want trusted advisors to help us with our most pressing problems. There are many types of “advisors”; Personal advisors, business & legal advisors, work-life advisors and so on  – in fact the list of advisors seems almost endless. How do you assess whether the person you are dealing has what it takes to be […]

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#10 • Understanding Dental Embezzlement Red-Flags

This is #10 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you manage fraud, embezzlement, waste, abuse; and help keep your practice safe. This post discusses some of the red-flags of employee dishonesty and how to interpret and evaluate them. Let’s start with a summary of the key points: A “red-flag” is an indicator of […]

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#9 • How employees steal from a dental practice.

#9 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you manage fraud, embezzlement, waste, abuse; and help keep your practice safe. This post discusses some of the schemes used by employees to steal from a dental practice. These methods are not specific to dentistry, nor do they require cunning skill and intellect to perform. I […]

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#6 • Examining your dental practice’s monthly bank statement

#6 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you deal with fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in your dental practice. “The Monthly Bank Statement” Depending on how your banking arrangements are set up, you may receive your “Monthly Bank Statement” in the mail, or download it using your online banking. Here are a few […]

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#5 • Safekeeping Insurance Check Payments

#5 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you deal with fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in your dental practice. Does your office receive insurance checks by mail? You are not alone. Many dentists still accept check payments from insurance companies, with payments arriving by mail. Did you know? A dishonest employee can remove […]

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#4 • Some common “I’m being embezzled” mistakes that dentists make.

#4 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you deal with fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in your dental practice. “I think I am being embezzled” I have spoken with hundreds of dentists about fraud and embezzlement. Many were convinced or “pretty darn sure” that fraud was happening in their practice. Indeed, probably half […]

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#3 • Disable unneeded LogMeIn, Teamviewer, GoToMyPC, RDP accounts.

#3 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you deal with fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in your dental practice. “Remote Desktop” software allows you or others to connect to your computer from a remote location over an Internet connection. This allows others to access to everything on your computer as though you were […]

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#2 • Increasing your practice’s business liability insurance

#2 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you deal with fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in your dental practice. Don’t fall short. Greater risk requires higher coverage. When you renew your practice’s business insurance policy this year, we recommend you increase or extend your current coverage to include “Employee Dishonesty” and “Cyber Security” […]

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#1 • The Perception of Detection

#1 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you deal with fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in your dental practice. Every employee that steals follows the same pattern of thinking. Motive –> Opportunity -> Rationalize Motive The employee feels pressured to steal. The reasons vary, and the list is extensive. Often the employee needs […]

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