Health Information Management

Offshoring may be a potentially risky cost saver for organizations

APCs Insider, October 24, 2008

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Outsourcing medical billing, coding, and transcription overseas yields significant savings for healthcare providers, but the practice also puts patient health information beyond the reach of HIPAA. Erica Schwalm, CPC, CPC-GENSG, CMRS, a coding and reimbursement specialist at Hamden County Physician Associates in Ludlow, MA, says that’s too high a price. This type of offshoring creates an unacceptable risk of identity theft, she says.

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