Healthcare Fraud in the new NHS market – a threat to patient care – Centre for Health and the Public Interest – 12 June 2013
“This report sets out the risks posed to patient care as a result of fraud and embezzlement in the new marketised National Health Service in England. It identifies the prospects for fraud in the NHS as a result of the increased use of private providers to deliver key NHS services, and analyses the government’s current approach to counter fraud policy. It finds that the issue of healthcare fraud in England has not been adequately addressed by policy makers in the new NHS market created by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and that a reduction in resources for the counter fraud function has taken place, whilst a weak legal structure for tackling fraud remains in place. It looks at the experience of fraud in the US, where healthcare fraud is estimated to cost the US taxpayer between $ 80 and $98 billion each year, and at the strategies used by the US government to counter this. It notes that many of the same companies which have engaged in fraudulent activity in the US are at the heart of the new NHS market. Finally, it proposes a number of policy responses for dealing with the likely increase in fraud in the new NHS market.”Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Healthcare Fraud in the new NHS market – a threat to patient care – Centre for Health and the Public Interest – 12 June 2013 )
“This website has been developed by the Mental Health and Palliative Care Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The development of the website is in response to recognition in the Fourth National Mental Health Plan of the need to make available timely, contemporary data on the services provided to Australian mental health consumers each year.
Objectives of mental health services in Australia online
By producing an online version of mental health services in Australia, rather than a hard copy print publication, the AIHW aims to:
•establish comprehensive, timely and regular national reporting on the progress of mental health reform in Australia
•make Australian mental health services data available to all stakeholders in an interactive, graphical format
•publish Australian mental health services data progressively each year as it becomes available.
How to access mental health services data
Mental Health Services data is available in four broad subject areas (Background; Services; Resources; and Additional topics), and reported in sixteen specific topic areas as per the previous hard copy reports. A mapping of the sixteen topic areas is available via the latest release page.
Data will be progressively published each year as it becomes available. Each topic area will contain an analysis of the most recent available data, including any updates to previous years’ data, through Microsoft® Excel spreadsheets accessible via the topic areas on the right hand menu. Data spreadsheets from previous years will be available within the archived data page via the additional topics area.
Each topic area contains background information and a brief analysis of the most recent data available. The data is also available in graphical format via an interactive data portal within each topic area. The data can be accessed by clicking on either the data portal icon or the data tables icon displayed throughout the topic areas.”Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Mental Health Services in Australia (MHSIA) online – AIHW )