Court: HIPAA Violations are Grounds for Termination

HR Daily Advisor

The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently upheld the termination of a nurse who unintentionally disclosed a patient’s confidential health information while she was conducting a procedure. The patient, who had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, was situated in an examination area behind a privacy curtain. Before the procedure, Michelle warned the physician and the technician to wear gloves because the patient had been diagnosed with hepatitis C.

Why HR Needs to Care about HIPAA Compliance

Effortless HR

A key consideration for your organization’s human resources department is adherence to HIPAA laws. So, why should your HR care about HIPAA compliance? It Helps Them Know What the Privacy Rules Protect and What They Don’t. HIPAA compliance for your business is only temporary.

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The Role of HIPAA Laws for Employers & HR

Workology

The Role of HIPAA Laws in Human Resources. When it comes to topics of privacy especially concerning employee healthcare benefits, HIPAA is one of the most misunderstood and miscommunicated for employers and employees. HIPAA is nebulous and in combination with any employer healthcare plan it creates a great deal of confusion and frustration for managers, HR and employees. What is HIPAA? The HIPAA Privacy Rule as outlined by the U.S.

Assessments, Policies, and Training Are Key to HIPAA Compliance

HR Daily Advisor

The keys for plan sponsors to avoid penalties under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as other liability that may come with data breaches, were discussed by HIPAA experts in a recent webinar. Periodic risk assessments, updated policies and procedures, and ongoing training are critical to HIPAA compliance, said Kathryn Bakich, senior vice president at Segal Consulting. Minimizing HIPAA Privacy Liability.

Phishing Scam Leads to $400,000 HIPAA Settlement at Colorado Health Center

HR Daily Advisor

A nonprofit health center in Colorado agreed to pay $400,000 to settle Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security allegations after a hacker accessed employees’ e-mail accounts and obtained 3,200 individuals’ protected health information (PHI) in a phishing incident, the U.S. Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) filed the required breach report with HHS in January 2012. The settlement also includes a detailed corrective action plan.

Payroll Provider Completing ACA Reporting? Better check for HIPAA compliance!

OmegaHR Solutions

This post is a guest post from Mark Combs who is the CEO of ACAReportingService.com. It provides some very important information for all employers dealing with the ACA reporting. Employers subject to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting obligations are now feverishly completing their forms 1095 and distributing them to their employees. For many the process given to us by the IRS has been painful and required quite a steep learning curve.

Health System’s $400K HIPAA Settlement Shows Need to Update Business Associate Agreements

HR Daily Advisor

A Rhode Island health system’s $400,000 settlement of a federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)enforcement action illustrates the importance of keeping business associate agreements (BAAs) up to date when circumstances or regulations change. Care New England Health System (CNE), on behalf of its subsidiary hospitals and other providers, reached this settlement with the U.S. HHS, on other hand, focused on the business associate relationship.

Disclosures in Press Release Lead to $2.4M HIPAA Settlement

HR Daily Advisor

million to settle allegations that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by disclosing protected health information (PHI) in a press release. The statement from Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) involved an incident in which a patient was arrested for allegedly presenting false identification. The U.S. In addition to the $2.4 million monetary payment, the settlement includes a 2-year corrective action plan (CAP).

HIPAA, Data Breaches and What You Should Know (Even If You’re Not a Healthcare Company)

HR Workplace Services

When it comes to compliance, most everyone agrees that the privacy regulations set forth by HIPAA are necessary. For healthcare organizations, a full commitment to HIPAA compliance is obligatory. a company that offers a self-funded insurance plan to their employees, is considering doing so, or is simply an organization that has a decent number of employees participating in the company-sponsored health plan, it is wise to make sure that you’re fully in the know.

Hospital’s Disclosure of Sensitive PHI to Employer Results in $387K HIPAA Settlement

HR Daily Advisor

A New York hospital agreed to pay $387,200 to resolve Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy allegations that it disclosed a patient’s particularly sensitive health information, including HIV status, to his employer. The U.S. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center after the patient filed a complaint that his medical records had been faxed to his employer. Along with the impermissible disclosure itself, St. The CAP also requires St.

On-Site Drug Testing: Remember to Support Need, Confidentiality

HRWatchdog

We’ve been bringing our employees back into the office, and pursuant to our “reasonable suspicion” drug testing, would like to conduct in-house drug testing. The short answer is yes — employers can conduct drug tests on site. Lastly, it is important to keep the results confidential.

NLRB judge strikes down termination based on HIPAA violation

Ohio Employer's Law

HIPAA. Five letters that strike fear into the heart of anyone that handles employee medical information. That is, anyone except an NLRB judge passing judgment on whether an employer was justified in firing a union-supporting employee for clear HIPAA violations. The judge concluded that the employee’s HIPAA violation did not strip her of the Act’s protection. HIPAA isn’t the only law that mandates the confidentiality of medical information.

10 Questions To Ask To Ensure Your Cloud Services Provider Is HIPAA-Compliant

SAP Innovation

More companies are looking to the cloud for business and data storage solutions, especially those in the healthcare space. If your business must be HIPAA-compliant, these 10 questions to ensure HIPAA compliance might save you some major headaches down the road. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act , is one way that security and privacy is regulated. Here are 10 questions to ask when looking for the right cloud provider.

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Top Five LMS Features for Effective Pharmaceutical Compliance Training

SkyPrep

Every pharmaceutical team faces compliance challenges that are common to the pharmaceutical industry. In the prescription opioid business, accurate and precise communication is really important. The company is required to keep pace with product monographs and information prescription provided by the government which is also forever-changing. When government regulations for any product change, the learning content for that specific topic also expires.

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Organizations: Use Online Forms to Capture Valuable Data

HR Bartender

(Editor’s Note: Today’s article is brought to you by JotForm , a full-featured online form builder that makes it easy to create forms and collect data. Enjoy the article!). One of the keys to good decision making is having the right data and information.

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What do you do with old personnel records?

OmegaHR Solutions

Don’t let your secrets get away through the trash. You also don’t need to keep most of the records from an employee that you terminated 10 years ago. Of course there are some exceptions, such as chemical exposure records or if you are involved in a lawsuit with the employee, but generally you are safe getting rid of old paperwork. Did you know that there are people who “dumpster dive” specifically looking for information that companies have dumped in the trash.

10 Questions To Ask To Ensure Your Cloud Services Provider Is HIPAA-Compliant

SAP Innovation

More companies are looking to the cloud for business and data storage solutions, especially those in the healthcare space. If your business must be HIPAA-compliant, these 10 questions to ensure HIPAA compliance might save you some major headaches down the road. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act , is one way that security and privacy is regulated. Here are 10 questions to ask when looking for the right cloud provider.

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How To Master HIPAA Compliance And Security In The Cloud

SAP Innovation

In a world of tight healthcare budgets and increasing pressure to implement new technology, many healthcare CIOs are looking to the cloud for solutions. The flexibility and potential cost savings that cloud services can offer are obvious benefits to healthcare executives facing ever-higher costs to collect, collate, and store vast amounts of digital data. HIPAA: then and now. HIPAA was introduced in 1996 to regulate the use and disclosure of health information.

Are Your Employment Law Policies in Compliance?

HR Counselor's Corner

Performing the assessment will not only help you measure risk and legal compliance, but also identify areas in need of process improvements – all of which could threaten the continued success of your business. . Employees are properly classified as Exempt or Non-Exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Child Labor laws are implemented for workers under the age of 18.

Year 2016 Was Biggest Yet for HIPAA Privacy Enforcement

HR Daily Advisor

The year 2016 was by far the biggest yet for monetary settlements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) privacy and security rules, and 2017 thus far is proceeding apace, a leading HIPAA attorney told a recent conference. The U.S. Three more were concluded in the first 2 months of 2017, along with an outright penalty of $3.2 We pick cases that highlight for you the industry compliance issues we’re seeing.”

Online Courses to Better Yourself as an HR Professional

GattiHR

Free Online Courses to Better Yourself as an HR Professional. At GattiHR, we watch the careers of HR professionals grow and evolve across industries and businesses. View the Course Here. The ability to balance both equally is a skill that requires knowledge and practice.

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Top 5 LMS Workflow Automation Hacks to Simplify Your Employee Training Program

SkyPrep

Providing your workforce with efficient training is crucial for organizations to run seamlessly. Utilizing workflow automation capabilities in your LMS is fundamental to helping you streamline your training processes, reduce human error, provide better internal controls, and improve efficiency. You have a variety of actions of what you can accomplish from auto-enrolling your learners into the relevant course to sending out alerts when a learner’s training is to be completed.

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7 Modules Your Compliance Training Resources Must Include

Kitaboo

Compliance training is usually a part of every employee’s initial training process. Compliance training resources and modules generally consist of a long list of code of conduct which includes topics such as anti-harassment, bribery, FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practice Act), protection of company data, client interactions, usage of company property and data security, etc. Are your Compliance Training Resources Effective? How to Deliver Compliance Training?

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How to Drive Organizational Compliance with LMS Workflow Automation

SkyPrep

It is essential that your workforce is following your company policies and procedures strictly for your organization to comply with the laws and regulations. Managing employee compliance training and ensuring your workforce is compliant at all times can be a daunting task. However, you can automate this process through LMS workflow automation (If the LMS provides this feature). You will have the data you need to stay on top of your workforce’s compliance status.

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5 Reasons You Should Invest in Online Therapy to Improve Your Mental Health

Thrive Global

In this article, we’ll highlight five reasons why you should invest in online therapy as an alternative to not taking care of your mental health care at all. Reason #1: Online therapy gets results. Online therapy can produce comparable results to traditional in-office therapy using popular behavioral health techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Online therapists are equally educated and trained in comparison with their offline counterparts.

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7 Modules Your Compliance Training Resources Must Include

Kitaboo

Compliance training is usually a part of every employee’s initial training process. Are your Compliance Training Resources Effective? Earlier, in-house training specialists used to undertake the task of delivering training or companies would hire a professional trainer to deliver compliance training. Employees quickly glance through them and go for the start test button. How to Deliver Compliance Training? HIPAA.

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Exploring Virtual Collegiate Recovery In the Era of COVID-19: Building an Online Community

EverFi - HR

“Maintaining a network can be a ‘life saver’ for people in recovery, especially at a time when they’re being forced to isolate.” - Dr. John F. This is the first of a three-part series exploring the concept of virtual collegiate recovery. How to Select the Right Tool.

Exploring Virtual Collegiate Recovery In the Era of COVID-19: Building an Online Community

EverFi - HR

“Maintaining a network can be a ‘life saver’ for people in recovery, especially at a time when they’re being forced to isolate.” - Dr. John F. As campuses around the country made the shift to a virtual environment, those charged with overseeing collegiate recovery programs and resources have had to quickly identify what it all means for a community that is one of our most resilient, but at the same time one of our most vulnerable. How to Select the Right Tool.

Answers to Questions About Vaccine Policy for the Workplace

Intoo USA

Last week, Caroline Vernon, Intoo’s Career Transition Practice Leader, spoke with employment attorney Kate Bischoff to get answers to the many questions facing employers about COVID-19 vaccine policy. . Kate addressed the following questions: . Is HIPAA relevant to a vaccine policy ?

what should our employer share with us when a coworker tests positive for COVID-19?

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: I have learned from reading here that HIPAA does not generally apply to employers, it applies to health care providers and some other agencies. But HR at my employer said HIPAA prevented them from telling us if any employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Webinar | Remote Learning & Health Education for Districts

EverFi - HR

The long-term impact of remote learning on our student populations has yet to be determined, but we know that when it comes to health education, doing nothing is not an option. Remote Learning & Health Education for Districts presentation.

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Advanced Work Automation at Johnson & Johnson: An Interview with Piyush Mathur (i4cp login required)

i4cp

Piyush Mathur is Global Head, Workforce Analytics, Data Strategy and Governance at Johnson & Johnson. We realize that advanced work automation will be part of our evolution and we are committed to training our workforce to develop their skills as we go. The answer is both.

Enrollment Notices: Mastering the Method for Optimal Delivery

benefitexpress

The DOL, PPACA, ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA all have separate guidelines for the ACA marketplace notice for initial and open benefit enrollment. Untangle the requirements for your own notice and learn best practices for including the notice seamlessly in your benefits strategy. The presentation covers what needs to be in the notice as well as rules for delivering the notice to employees.

Qualtrics partners with NORC at the University of Chicago to bring enhanced rigor and versatility to US population research

Qualtrics

Probability-based survey panels offer the relative affordability and speed of panel-based research, with an additional layer of statistical confidence. And when your research has the potential to impact lives on such a scale, it’s critical that you get it right.

How (& Why) to Automate Your Employee Training

PlatCore

The same survey finds that 40 percent of worker time is spent on menial tasks that have no direct impact on core job goals. Putting this repetitive, never-ending work on autopilot can improve the employee experience – and your bottom-line. In fact, we are seeing an ever-evolving and growing workforce that leverages work people naturally excel at: The mix of employee work is changing to be less repetitive and more judgment-intensive. We all want meaningful work.