As new privacy laws and regulations are put forth on both the state and federal levels, every covered entity should work with competent counsel to develop policies and procedures for breach preparedness, avoidance, and response that is compliant with applicable laws and regulations.
HIPAA breaches can happen even to the best prepared healthcare organizations, but knowing the most common failings can improve your chances of staying in the good graces of the Office for Civil Rights.
In day care settings, the implementation of hand hygiene programs reduced respiratory illness, absenteeism, and antibiotic use in children 0 to 3 years of age. Using hand sanitizer was more effective than washing with soap and water.
A risk analysis is fundamental to any HIPAA compliance program, but conducting one effectively can be a challenge. Too often, the risk analysis is a perfunctory task that lets you check off a requirement, when it should be a valuable tool that drives the rest of your compliance efforts.
The Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights announced recently that it is launching a second round of audits during 2016 to assess compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and this time, it is including business associates.
The University of Washington Medicine in Seattle has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by failing to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations.
Many healthcare leaders don’t realize that, in addition to threatening patient safety, nurse fatigue is also a compliance risk, notes CEO Nick Merkin of Compliagent, a compliance consulting firm in Los Angeles.