4 Keys to Success: Ensuring HIPAA Compliance in Today's Healthcare Landscape

May 15th, 2023

Most healthcare organizations and medical practices understand that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to safeguard the confidentiality, privacy and security of patients’ personal health information (PHI) and compliance is crucial to avoid legal penalties, financial losses, and reputational damage. However, still HIPAA-related incidents have been rapidly increasing over recent years.

What is Cybersecurity Awareness Training and Why is it Necessary?

May 2nd, 2023

Healthcare cyberattacks are on the rise, but according to one report, nearly a third of healthcare employees said they had never received cybersecurity training from their workplace.

What You Should Know About Increasing Violence in the Healthcare Workplace

April 17th, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic caused extensive stress across our healthcare system, leading to fewer resources, workforce shortages, exhaustion, burnout, and increasing rates of violence against healthcare workers. The American Hospital Association (AHA) found that 44% of nurses reported an increase in physical violence since the pandemic, and 68% reported an increase in verbal abuse.

The Benefits of Harassment and Discrimination Training and Why it is Necessary

April 3rd, 2023

According to a recent report by Glassdoor, 61% of U.S. employees have experienced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace based on age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Additionally, more than one in five employees -- 23% -- worldwide have experienced violence or harassment at work.

8 Most Frequently Asked Questions About OSHA

March 15th, 2023

Employee training is a common topic of concern among healthcare and safety professionals. Effective training is required by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure a safe and healthy workplace for employees. In this article, we will discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about OSHA and review training requirements that may apply to your organization.

7 Most Frequently Asked Questions About HIPAA

March 1st, 2023

HIPAA compliance can be a complex subject. If not careful, you can quickly end up on the wrong side of the law. As a national leader in HIPAA safety and compliance training, we receive hundreds of questions regarding HIPAA regulation. So, we have collected seven of the most frequently asked questions and answers about HIPAA.

Top 7 HIPAA Violations to Avoid

February 3rd, 2023

Most healthcare organizations, medical and dental practices are fully aware of the importance of HIPAA law and take all appropriate measures to protect their patient's health information. However, employees who are not up-to-date on HIPAA rules and regulations can sometimes put a healthcare facility at risk for a potential violation that could damage a practice's reputation and result in significant penalties or criminal and civil fines.

What You Need to Know About the Safe Harbor Act and What it Means for Your Practice

January 5th, 2023

The HIPAA Safe Harbor Act was signed into law by President Trump on January 5, 2021. The law states that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must consider whether organizations have utilized best practices for cybersecurity when investigating a data breach and undertaking HIPAA enforcement actions.

What You Need to Know About HIPAA and Social Media

December 6th, 2022

If you work in healthcare, it's likely you are using social media in some way, shape or form. Healthcare organizations and medical practices utilize social media to engage with patients and consumers. Physicians and nurses research medical information through the internet and social media platforms. Hospitals use social media to supply patient information, announce news and events, further public relations and promote health.

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.

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