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 circuit court dismissed her claims, and Michelle appealed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

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. Minimizing HIPAA Privacy Liability.

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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.

All Employee Medical Information Isn’t Protected by HIPAA

HR Bartender

Regardless of your political views, I think it’s safe to say that the U.S. I’m not here to tell anyone how they should feel about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I thought the information was timely, so asked him if he would share his knowledge with us.

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. For many the process given to us by the IRS has been painful and required quite a steep learning curve.

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. The CAP also requires St.

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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. For many in the field, these obligations have been a roadblock, and perhaps even a disincentive to make changes, especially digital ones.

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

HR Daily Advisor

Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) filed the required breach report with HHS in January 2012. And when MCPN finally did start conducting risk analyses, they were insufficient to comply with HIPAA’s security rule. The settlement also includes a detailed corrective action plan.

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 U.S. In addition to the $2.4 The post Disclosures in Press Release Lead to $2.4M

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.

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 Audits Inbound

HR Daily Advisor

Yesterday we learned that the U.S. The OCR plans to conduct desk and on-site audits for both covered entities and their business associates. The first set of audits will be desk audits of covered entities followed by a second round of desk audits of business associates.

Docusign HIPAA Compliance

HR Morning

Conversations with health plans and providers about digital business processes often begin with a single question: “Is it HIPAA compliant?” With meaningful use fueling EHR adoption, in addition to the need for a secure, auditable solution, it is no wonder that regulations are top of mind for healthcare and life science professionals. Download this whitepaper to learn more. Learn more! .

What is ERISA?

HR Daily Advisor

ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In short, this is the federal law that creates standards for retirement, health, and pension plans. The Act advises when employees must be allowed to join the plan.

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.

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. Industrial spies, ex-employees, reporters and other snoops go through the trash of companies looking for all sorts of records.

What Is the Meaning of HR Confidentiality?

Evil HR Lady

Human Resources practitioners online receive frequent emails from employees that say, “I had a problem, so I went to HR. Well, here are some of the things that HR must act on. To keep reading, click here: What Is the Meaning of HR Confidentiality

Top Healthcare Compliance Initiatives for 2018

Precheck

It’s not just the financial industry that faces risks from cybercriminals; healthcare organizations, with their massive databases full of personal information, have become common targets as well. Compliance specialists and leaders will have their work cut out for them in the coming year. “We

Why You Should Keep Track of Employee Training

Insperity

What can tracking your employees’ training do for your human resources strategy? It keeps your workers in compliance with state or industry regulations and puts them on track for advancement so that your business can stay current with prevailing trends and maintain a workforce that is engaged and ready for the future. Continuing education (CE) is required within many fields for workers to stay up-to-date on new technologies, skills and developments within the industry.

Electronic Signatures: Ready For Prime Time After 148 Years

SuccessFactors

Electronic signatures (e-signatures), the concept of using a signal or process to show signing intent, has been around for a long time. In fact, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled in 1869 (Howley v. Over the years, laws and technology have continued to evolve.

Certification Management Nightmares

TalentGuard

Certification management is crucial for businesses across a multitude of industries, yet the administrative upkeep is a nightmare. Unfortunately, the consequences of non-compliance are even more dangerous. Look no further than the airline industry.

Who Is Subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Regulations?

HR Daily Advisor

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) imposes requirements to protect and help consumers maintain both their health insurance and their privacy. This is the main provision that most people are referring to when discussing “HIPAA compliance.”.

Certification Management Nightmares

TalentGuard

Certification management is crucial for businesses across a multitude of industries, yet the administrative upkeep is a nightmare. Unfortunately, the consequences of non-compliance are even more dangerous. These are just a few of the serious consequences businesses and employees can face when certifications are out of date or when managing those certifications is overwhelming. Look no further than the airline industry. Certification Management Nightmares.

Let’s Talk #HRTF16

Robin Schooling

I am, let’s face it, the typical HR practitioner. I do boring stuff like write policies and lecture train managers. I have boring corporate conference calls on topics like HIPAA and the ACA. Apart from, perhaps, the urinal jokes… I’m your HR lady.

4 reader updates (including the person who was jealous of her attractive employee)

Ask a Manager

My ex-roommate left documents in violation of HIPAA (#5 at the link). A brief update: A few aspects that the commenters mentioned that I hadn’t thought of but really helped inform my decision! 1) These charts might have handwritten notes on them that could be important for the patient’s treatment (there were markings on the charts, but again, I didn’t look deeply at them). The other day I see a therapist who specializes in anxiety issues.

7 Top HR Mistakes Companies Make

Insperity

It’s easy to ignore the human resources side of your business when things are flowing smoothly. Relations with employees can be enjoyable and fulfilling or time-consuming and terrifying, depending on the situation. Make sure you’re retaining the right records.

What the Internet Thinks of HR

HRE's The Leader Board

Google’s autocomplete feature is the closest thing we have to a mind-reading machine. The search engine is so widely used, and so good at collecting data about what we look up on the web, that it can tell us what people think about nearly anything.

People Analytics: Tapping into a Powerful Resource

TalentCulture

HR has relied on the use of data and analytics for years but has only recently begun to embrace people analytics. After all, human capital is the source of all business success—it makes sense to analyze people to understand and even predict enterprise performance.

How to Prepare for New OSHA Requirements

Insperity

In an effort to improve tracking and prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is modernizing its system for collecting injury data. The new measure, issued on May 11, 2016, is intended to help protect the safety of American employees. According to OSHA, the new provisions make it easier to identify, inspect and target hazards at specific companies. How can your business prepare for the changes ?

Recordkeeping: What you must keep – and for how long

HR Morning

The trouble with recordkeeping at a lot of companies: You don’t know how complete your records are until you get involved in litigation or an audit. To be on the safe side, many employment law attorneys recommend you keep everything for at least five to seven years after an employee has left.

It’s the last thing you want to hear at your employee-client’s deposition

The Employer Handbook

Yesterday, at approximately 5:18 PM EDT, all of the associates at my law firm received the same email. “ You will learn something from him nearly every day of the week,” wrote my partner. Plaintiff Linda Diane Cobb filed a race discrimination lawsuit against the State of Tennessee. For example… the two co-workers were allegedly allowed to switch desks whenever they wanted, but Ms. Baker allegedly yelled across the room at Ms.

3 proven ways PEOs keep your business momentum going strong

Insperity

Having time to focus on the vital revenue-generating responsibilities of running your business can seem like a never ending challenge. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day administrative tasks that it takes to keep your business running and lose sight of your moneymaking initiatives. Here are three ways a PEO can help keep you from getting side-tracked and support you in making your business the best it can be. Do you know how the Fair Labor Standards Act affects you?

Wellness wearables: 5 employer strategies for incorporating fitness trackers into the workplace

Ceridian

My first pedometer came as a promotional give-away from the inside of a cereal box in the 1990s. And although fitness trackers have come a long way since that crude iteration, the concept behind them hasn’t changed. Gain leadership support.Ideally, executives who “walk the talk”.

How Healthcare Industry Reform Impacts Billing

SuccessFactors

Since 2010, when legislative and regulatory forces started placing immense pressure on physical therapy practices, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has been pursuing a new payment system. According to a July 2014 study by the Commonwealth Fund , 9.5

5 Sure-fire Ways Even the Most Well-Planned Wellness Program Can Fail

Viverae

Sure, it may seem like a piece of cake in theory, but it’s way more difficult when the task is actually at hand. In addition to ensuring that your program design aligns with your company objectives, you also need to think about ways to encourage engagement, decide on a set of metrics to measure the results of your efforts, and consider all the other variables that go into your program. With that said, here are some of the most common mistakes that we’ve seen over the years.

Which Employer Mandates Are on Trump’s Chopping Block?

HR Daily Advisor

Employers can expect some relief from federal requirements under the Trump administration, especially those put in place under President Obama. Republicans’ 52–48 position in the Senate also bodes well for Trump’s nominees. Puzder’s reach also may go beyond the U.S.

This military hospital’s social media cluster-you-know-what checks all the wrong boxes

The Employer Handbook

Originally, I was toying with titling this post, “ What Employers Can Learn From Military Nurses Who Pose Newborns Dancing to 50 Cent, Give Them The Finger, And Then Snap A Video And Photo Captioned, ‘How I currently feel about these mini Satans.’

What You Can Do When HR Doesn’t Listen – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

That being said, human resources is often the “go-to” place for employees and they need to feel comfortable coming to HR. When HR met with me, they never listened to my side of the story. ” because the other employee has anxiety. I’m not naïve.

Compliance Checklist: Federal Employment Laws You Need To Know At Every Stage Of Your Company’s Growth

Zenefits

Employers may only hire those who can legally work in the United States and must maintain up-to-date I-9 forms for all employees. Employers must withhold and pay the federal government a set percentage of employee wages for the federal government. Employers must withhold and pay the federal government a set percentage of employee wages for Social Security and Medicare. Employers must pay male and female employees the same wage for the same job.

Don’t Accidentally Give Thieves Access to Your Computer Systems

HR Daily Advisor

If you follow the latest cybersecurity news, you are certainly aware of the Apple-FBI legal dispute in California. The dispute concerns purported “back doors” into iPhones as well as attempts to “hack” secure mobile devices. Indeed, in April, the U.S.