HIPAA & Healthcare Compliance Blog

How can professional and compliance certifications improve careers and benefit organizations?

Generally, all industries and organizations’ gold standard would be the highest productivity, well-managed and minimal risks, while providing impeccable customer service. These goals compounded with intensifying government and industry-imposed regulations and compliance requirements meant the organizations and their workforce will have more to work on and accomplish. Achieving the relevant professional and compliance certifications has …

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HHS OCR Issued New Fact Sheet Concerning Business Associates Direct Liability Under HIPAA

A new Fact Sheet was recently issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enumerating a list of HIPAA rule prohibitions that deems the Business Associate directly accountable and subject for enforcement action. A “Business Associate” under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, is defined as “a person or …

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Annual HIPAA Education

It is a federally mandated requirement for all individuals and organizations in the health-care related industry to show proof of Annual education compliance training for HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). HIPAA laws are strictly enforced by the OCR (Office of Civil Rights). Annual compliance training for all employees in health-care related industries …

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HIPAA Violations protection

What are your risks of audit and fine: HIPAA, Medicare, OSHA for Healthcare†

Common experience and our data† suggest that the offices/entities/practitioners subjected to HIPAA and Medicare billing (ACA/OIG) audits and fines and healthcare office OSHA audits and inspection are in the following relative percentages: HIPAA – 35.9% Medicare ACA/OIG – 56.1% OSHA – 8.0% Discussion: Although HIPAA fine exposure is relatively low compared to Medicare audit exposure, …

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Poor Healthcare Workplace Safety Performance According to Latest Data

The Occupational Safety and Health Regulation (OSHA) Act has been in place since 1970. With its strict and comprehensive regulations and standards it is expected that most, if not all, of the safety aspects in each employees respective workplaces are well guarded. However, safety in workplaces is a two-way street, so to speak.In one hand, …

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Perspective: HIPAA Requirements, Accountability vs. Liability

HIPAA requirements may just be as complex, at times hard to sort out and thoroughly complete as majority of the people under the healthcare industry experiences. A published settlement by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on April 2017 showed a wireless health services provider based in Pennsylvania was found non-compliant to …

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