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HIPAA

HIPAA resources and guidance

Complying with HIPAA’s privacy and security requirements can be complex and overwhelming. But the Department of Health and Human Services does provide some helpful guidance. Here’s a list of resources we found that might help you understand what’s required and plan your security programs:
   1. HHS Security Rule guidance materials
This web page offers links to a series of educational papers addressing security requirements under HIPAA and specific HIPAA security guidance documents and publications by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—a federal agency setting computer security standards for the government…

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WORKPLACE SAFETY

13 steps to prevent bloodborne infection and liability

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens: A 13 step compliance game plan
Protecting employees from bloodborne infection isn’t just a medical imperative but a legal one under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules. In case you don’t have the time or inclination to read the entire OSHA regulation, here’s an explanation of what it requires and a 13-step game plan for complying with it.
What the law requires
The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard requires employers, including medical offices, to protect employees who have “occupational exposure” to “blood” or “other potentially infectious materials.” There are three terms you need:…

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RISK MANAGEMENT

Model Policy: Exposure control

Why you need this policy:

Health care employees face risk of exposure to deadly bloodborne infections.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Model Tool: Exposure control plan checklist

Why you need this checklist:

The following checklist lists the elements that must be covered in an Exposure Control Program or Policy under the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard.

HIPAA

Are your business associate agreements up to date with the latest HIPAA requirements?

The Omnibus Final rule implementing HITECH made some changes affecting Business Associate (BA) agreements. While Sept. 23 was the compliance deadline for most obligations under the Final Rule, some agreements enjoy a grace period and may not need to be updated until September 2014. But you should take the opportunity now to make sure you haven’t overlooked any issues concerning your BA agreements and set up a procedure to ensure going forward that you have an up-to-date BA agreement with…

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COMPLIANCE

Same-sex marriage ruling brings in new legal issues

Plus new emphasis on discrimination
Though it applies only to states where same-sex marriage is legal, the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage warrants attention from managers in all states. For those in Washington, DC, and the 13 states where gay marriage is recognized, there are new employment law requirements. For those in all the other states, the ruling calls for increased emphasis on nondiscrimination.
A matter of two rulings
In a nutshell, the decision, which came down June 26, says that in states where same-sex marriage is recognized…

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BILLING AND COLLECTIONS

Don’t let the office get caught in Medicare’s pay cuts

e-scripting, EHRs, and value modifiers
Medicare has been offering a lot of incentives for technology use and quality measures. But those same incentives have their dark side – payment cuts for noncompliance.
Here are the three cuts to be dodging right now. And along with them is the unavoidable 2% cut brought about by sequestration.
#1: the 2% cut on e-scripting
Most imminent is the cut that gets a yes or a no on…

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HIPAA

HIPAA: it’s time to update the office’s privacy notice

What should managers be doing right now for HIPAA?
They should be updating the Notice of Privacy Practices and getting patients to sign off on the revision. And they have only until September 23, 2013 to get it done.
Along with that, they need to be paying close attention to some other HIPAA requirements that are getting overlooked, says Nathan A. Kottkamp, a health care attorney with McGuire Woods in Richmond, VA…

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RISK MANAGEMENT

HIPAA is now striking small offices; the first hit is on mobile devices

HIPAA, which has traditionally focused its attention on larger entities, is now closing in on smaller organizations and smaller violations.
A hospice in Idaho has been fined $50,000 for a security breach of its electronic health information. This is the first time HIPAA has gone after a breach affecting fewer than 500 patients, and the government says the fine is “a strong message” that HIPAA-covered entities, no matter how small, “will be held accountable for safeguarding their patients’ health information.”
The action was taken against Hospice of North Idaho in Hayden, ID, which had …

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COMPLIANCE

More information on marketing and compliance

Here are more resources for the article, “9 important do’s and don’ts for using social media to promote your practice”:
Federal Trade Commission, Guides Concerning the Use of…

 

 

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