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:

HHS Proposes Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule

December 16th, 2020

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have announced they are proposing changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to remove barriers to coordinated care and reduce the regulatory burdens on the healthcare industry.

COVID-19 Cybercrime: 4 Tips to Protect Your Practice

November 23rd, 2020

Crimes of opportunity have been increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and cybercrime is no exception. The FBI recently reported that cyberattacks have increased to as much as 4,000 more per day, representing a 400% increase from pre-coronavirus numbers.

Cybercriminals are using phishing attacks, malspam, and Ransomware to send fraudulent emails regarding COVID-19 as bait. They are preying on the vulnerable and their anxieties created by COVID-19. While health care facilities and providers have been busy providing care to COVID patients, they have been overwhelmingly targeted by attackers. Regardless of your practice size or location, there are ways to help safeguard your practice almost immediately.

Beware of Increased Cybersecurity Threats During Coronavirus

October 26th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only infected the entire globe with a health crisis like never seen before. It has changed our lives, families, businesses, work and our security. It has brought about new risks and challenges in the workplace, with cyberspace being no exception.

How Employees Can Stay HIPAA Compliant While Working at Home During COVID-19

October 8th, 2020

COVID-19 has forced millions of individuals nationwide to work from their homes, enabling them to social distance and reduce the risk of virus transmission. In fact, research by Gallop found that three in five U.S. workers have been telecommuting during the coronavirus pandemic.

While telecommuting can provide many benefits, it can also pose significant challenges for healthcare organizations required to follow Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) rules and guidelines.

Is Contacting COVID Patients for Blood and Plasma HIPAA Compliant?

September 15th, 2020

Recently, there has been some confusion on whether or not the utilization of personal health information (PHI) to contact patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to provide them with information about donating blood and plasma donations would be permitted under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

What You Need to Know about COVID-19 and HIPAA

August 31st, 2020

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance and clarity regarding disclosures of protected health information (PHI) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.

Practicing Social Distancing in the Medical Practice

August 14th, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way healthcare facilities and medical practices deliver patient care across the world. Most medical practices in the US have re-opened, and the majority are adhering to strict safety procedures provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Top 7 COVID-19 Questions and Answers for Medical Practices

July 28th, 2020

1) How can a medical practice establish effective medical staff safety protocols?

The CDC recommends the following best practices:

COVID-19 Safety Tips for Medical Practices

July 17th, 2020

Many private medical practices have re-opened since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and are adhering to the safety guidance set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), OSHA, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Best Practices for Medical Offices and Clinics During COVID-19

April 24th, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have provided some helpful preparedness tips for medical offices and clinics to ensure their preparedness for COVID-19 and help protect your patients and healthcare workers. These best practices are critical to helping to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at HHS Statement

March 18th, 2020

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications during the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

March 9th, 2020

MedSafe has been working with our clients for over 25 years to help provide a safe environment for your employees and patients. This continues to be one of our daily objectives.

The Coronavirus has and probably will continue to receive tremendous media coverage that will create a great deal of questions and concerns.

Report: Most Common Cyberattacks Faced by Healthcare Organizations

February 13th, 2020

A recent report from Proofpoint provides insights into the most common attacks faced by healthcare organizations. To help better understand the evolving cyberthreat landscape, the report analyzed a year of cyberattacks against healthcare providers, pharmaceutical and life sciences organizations, and health insurers between 2018-2019.

HHS Notice Regarding Individuals’ Right of Access to Health Records

February 5th, 2020

On January 28, 2020, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a notice regarding legislative modifications made to the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule of 2013.

BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus

February 4th, 2020

In light of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing this bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an outbreak of infectious disease or other emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.

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