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What You Should Know About Reporting a HIPAA Violation at Work

November 7th, 2022

What is a HIPAA violation in the workplace?

A HIPAA violation occurs when a covered entity or business associate compromises an individual’s personal health information (PHI). This could be from a lack of awareness, training, or appropriate safeguards of PHI. Whether large or small, willful or negligent, HIPAA violations can be damaging to any hospital or medical practice and the patient or patients affected.


What You Need to Know About Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare

September 16th, 2022

Workplace violence in healthcare is a serious issue that has become increasingly worse over the past decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that injuries from violent attacks against medical professionals grew by 63% from 2011 to 2018.


Patients Concerned About Healthcare Data Privacy

August 25th, 2022

Patients are incredibly concerned about healthcare data privacy, and rightly so. Healthcare data breaches have hit record numbers, and according to the U.S. government, in the last five months of 2022, breaches have almost doubled from the same period previous year. With nearly 20 million victims of data theft in the first half of the year, it is no wonder patients are worried about the lack of privacy.


What You Need to Know About Healthcare Compliance Programs

August 8th, 2022

Whether you are a small practice or a large hospital system, compliance affects every type of healthcare organization. So, what is healthcare compliance, and why is it so important?

Healthcare compliance is defined as the process of ensuring all legal, ethical and professional requirements are met and communicated throughout an entire organization. It is an ongoing and continuous process that must be routinely reviewed to ensure adherence.


7 Tips for HIPAA Compliant Telehealth

July 19th, 2022

Although telemedicine has been around for decades, it was the COVID-19 pandemic that accelerated its rapid adoption. The demand for telehealth services surged at the beginning of the crisis as hospitals and healthcare providers rushed to implement technology solutions that could enable them to continue providing care for their at-risk patients remotely. Changes in reimbursement and healthcare regulation followed suit, and quickly this new healthcare delivery model became the new norm.


5 Best Practices for HIPAA Compliant Texting

July 5th, 2022

Texting is a convenient and reliable way for healthcare organizations and providers to communicate with their patients. It is ideal for keeping up with appointments, reminders, payments, and other practice communications. While most people, including patients, prefer texting because it’s quick and easy, providers and their staff must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


National Safety Month Fall Prevention Tips

June 17th, 2022

​Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) designates June as National Safety Month to help bring awareness to the importance of ensuring safety in the workplace. This year, MedSafe is highlighting fall prevention and tips for reducing falls in the workplace.

Slips, trips and falls are among the leading causes of workplace injuries and death. In 2020, 805 workers died in falls, and 211,640 were injured badly enough to require days off of work.


Why Is HIPAA Important?

May 24th, 2022

Most healthcare professionals are told that HIPAA is important and that there are severe consequences for noncompliance. However, there are often few discussions about why it is so important.


Tips for Preventing Insider Threats in Healthcare

May 4th, 2022

Healthcare data breaches have been occurring at record levels, but not all privacy and security threats come from outside the organization. The Department of Health and Human Services' Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HCC) recently issued a warning about insider threats.

What is an insider threat?


OCR Encourages HIPAA Entities to Strengthen Cybersecurity Posture

April 14th, 2022

Recently, the Director of the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, Lisa J. Pino, issued a statement encouraging HIPAA covered entities and business associates to strengthen their cybersecurity posture this year in light of the increasing rates of cyberattacks across the healthcare industry.

The last year was particularly damaging for healthcare organizations due to hackers taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.


What You Need to Know About HIPAA Consent Forms

March 15th, 2022

What is a HIPAA Consent Form?

A signed HIPAA consent form must be obtained from a patient before their protected health information (PHI) can be shared with any other individuals or organizations, except in the case of routine disclosures for treatment, payment or healthcare operations as permitted by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The disclosure of medical records without a HIPAA authorization form is a HIPAA violation.


Reminder- The Deadline is Approaching for Reporting Small HIPAA Breaches

February 17th, 2022

This is a reminder that the HIPAA Breach reporting deadline is less than two weeks away, which means HIPAA breaches involving fewer than 500 individuals which occurred during 2021 must be reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) no later than Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule places a strict time limit on the issuing of notifications and reporting of data breaches of individuals whose protected health information has been exposed. For breaches of PHI, notification letters to individuals affected must be sent within 60 days from the date of discovery and without reasonable delay.


Accidental HIPAA Violations

February 8th, 2022

Most healthcare providers make every effort to ensure that HIPAA rules are followed, but sometimes accidents occur. What happens when there is an accidental HIPAA violation? How should an employee report an accidental HIPAA violation?


OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

February 1st, 2022

As per the Occupational Safety and health Administration, “Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.

How does OSHA define a recordable injury or illness?


HIPAA Breach Reporting Deadline (03/01/2022)

February 1st, 2022

The HIPAA Breach reporting deadline is less than a month away. Which means any breaches involving 500 individuals or less must be reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) no later than Monday, March 1, 2022.

What is a Data Breach?


Top 7 Most Common Questions on HIPAA and COVID-19

January 6th, 2022

As we turn the page on 2021 and embark on 2022, many are hopeful that this year we will finally return to normalcy. But as Omicron surges across the nation at record breaking-rates, Americans have become tired and weary of what has seemed like a never-ending pandemic.

Government officials, hospitals, physicians, healthcare workers and employers have pleaded with Americans to protect themselves and others through vaccinations, boosters, social distancing and masking. But with all of the vaccination and mask mandates sparking controversy, there has been a degree of confusion regarding privacy rights and HIPAA when it comes to vaccination status.


OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Update

July 6th, 2021

​On June 10, 2021, OSHA (the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration) released the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). This establishes new mandatory requirements, applicable to the healthcare industry.


8 Patient Safety Facts for Patient Safety Week

March 12th, 2021

National Patient Safety Week is March 14-20. This week is dedicated to growing awareness about patient safety, learning more about healthcare safety, and recognizing the work already being achieved.


HIPAA Breach Reporting Rules Deadline Approaches

February 11th, 2021

The HIPAA Breach reporting deadline is less than a month away. Which means any breaches involving 500 individuals or less must be reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) no later than Monday, March 1, 2021.


OSHA and HIPAA Training

January 22nd, 2021

Many of us were pleased to say goodbye 2020. As we look ahead to a new year, it is important to keep in mind that while OSHA and HIPAA training are still required, virtual options are available.

Below are several things to consider as your organization plans for training in 2021:


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