Employee theft: Steps you can take to keep it in check

November 1, 2003
Neil H. Baum, MD

Neil H. Baum, MD, is a urologist in private practice in New Orleans. He is the author of "Marketing Your Clinical Practice-Ethically, Effectively, and Economically."

Employee theft is more common than most of us want to admit. Many ofus are trusting and assume that our employees are honest and caring andwould not ever consider taking something from the practice that doesn'tbelong to them. I think, for the most part, health care does attract honest,caring, and compassionate employees, but that doesn't relieve us from practicingpreventive financial controls and creating an environment that avoids theftand embezzlement.