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There has been much discussion regarding the recent changes to HIPAA – and it is big news; however, HIPAA, the law itself, has not changed – at least not yet. On the other hand, it is important to know that the change is in the assessment of civil money penalties, which will now be based on the offender's level of culpability or accountability.
Government scrutiny of continuum care providers has not slowed down. Rather, its focus on this segment of the healthcare industry is keener than ever. There are ways that continuum care organizations can avoid being targeted for audits.
Three essential best practices for HIPAA compliance are to monitor and update BAAs, monitor and audit access, and perform adequate and routine risk analyses.
Being mindful of gender identity, sexual orientation and behavior as well as our own assumptions can help us to provide more affirming care for patients. This will result in better outcomes and an improved patient experience for LGBTQ patients.
With on-site audits expected to pick up when desk audits are completed, and ransomware attacks expected to increase this year, healthcare organizations need to be ever more vigilant.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known throughout the healthcare world as HIPAA, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in August of 1996. In the 20 years since, HIPAA has become one of the most widely cited and discussed regulations. The actual law went into effect in 2002 and 2003.
In healthcare settings, the impetus to use social media is no different than in any other industry. When used correctly, it is an excellent tool that can increase awareness of hospital services, create a two-way dialogue with patients, families, and the community, and improve the patient experience. At the same time, we are all aware of stories about the misuse of social media in the workplace
In today’s NFL not much is private. On any given Sunday, viewers are inundated with information about players’ personal and professional lives. One of the few stones left unturned when it comes to privacy are players’ medical records. For all their fame and fortune, when it comes to HIPAA, they are covered just like the rest of us. So when a report recently surfaced that a laptop containing medical records of thousands of players had been stolen from a Washington Redskins staff member, two relatively unrelated industries, healthcare and sports, made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
A new proposed rule (42 C.F.R. Part 483, Subpart B) from CMS is highlighting the Federal government’s increased scrutiny on post-acute facilities and includes new training requirements. This new rule details stringent compliance requirements that long term care facilities must follow in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
In August 2014, an important summit of 50 nurse leaders was held in Baltimore to discuss nursing ethics for the 21st century. The summit was sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.
The companies represented at the conference used their Communication Department to publically promote the ethical values of their organization. These organizations want the world to know that they follow a code of ethics. This includes a willingness to publically communicate failures in meeting the ethical and compliance standards they set for themselves and how they dealt with those failures.