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). Meanwhile, I received the Foley & Lardner LLP newsletter and it included an article from our friend Mark Neuberger on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). I thought the information was timely, so asked him if he would share his knowledge with us.

How HR Pros In Healthcare Companies Can Comply with HIPAA

HR Management

HIPAA is the acronym for Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This law is intended to improve the portability and continuity of health insurance coverage. As a part of the HR department, you are responsible for ensuring compliance with all HIPAA regulations.

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GattiHR Achieves HIPAA Compliance with Compliancy Group

GattiHR

GattiHR Achieves HIPAA Compliance with Compliancy Group. GattiHR has demonstrated its good faith effort toward HIPAA compliance by completing Compliancy Group’s proprietary HIPAA compliance process. is the?largest?full-cycle,?HR?specialty specialty search firm in the U.S.

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.

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. All desk audits in this phase will be completed by the end of December 2016. Audited entities will submit documents online via a new secure audit portal on OCR’s website.

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. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which requires that businesses should take safeguards to maintain the confidentiality of all electronic medical records. So, why should your HR care about HIPAA compliance? It Helps Them Know What the Privacy Rules Protect and What They Don’t.

Ready for your HIPAA Audits?

Mercer

Federal regulators have released the next round of HIPAA audits, including their priorities for privacy and security guidance. Learn what you’ll need to do in order to comply. The post Ready for your HIPAA Audits? appeared first on Mercer PeoplePro Blog. Health & Wellness Barbara Jessen emerging business entrepreneur entrepreneurs human resources SBA SCORE SHRM small business small business advice small business incubators start ups

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.

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! .

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.

Benefits of Using a Learning Management System for Your Ongoing and Recurring Training

SkyPrep

Ongoing and recurring training are vital types of training that contributes to the success of the business. Using both types of training within your organization will ensure your employees are sufficiently trained on company processes and procedures and are compliant with policies and regulations. You run the risk of having poor-performing employees and face liabilities if you do not offer consistent ongoing and recurring training.

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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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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?

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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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.”

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. 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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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. The maintenance, security, and privacy of all confidential personal information about the policyholder and all others on the policy, including regulations on when such information can be disclosed. This is the main provision that most people are referring to when discussing “HIPAA compliance.”.

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

EverFi - HR

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. This is the first of a three-part series exploring the concept of virtual collegiate recovery. How to Select the Right Tool.

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

EverFi - HR

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. This is the first of a three-part series exploring the concept of virtual collegiate recovery. How to Select the Right Tool.

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. Even though such plans are typically set up privately, employers that opt to offer them have an obligation to meet the requirements under ERISA when implementing their plans. The Act advises when employees must be allowed to join the plan. Compensation benefits COBRA ERISA HIPAA

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. Given the gravity of today’s public health situation, now is the time to empower educators to address this crises and to share their knowledge with students to help them make well-informed decisions. Remote Learning & Health Education for Districts presentation.

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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.

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.

Data Governance, Data Management and Low-Code

Quickbase

As with any IT system, these same leaders are also responsible for the digital information which is collected, processed and stored. After all, digital information is the foundation upon which most businesses operate today. An online database like Quick Base is structured.

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Top Compliance Issues in Healthcare for 2019

Precheck

Given stringent federal patient privacy laws and the growing threat of cyberattacks and data breaches, the conventional wisdom is that healthcare organizations are investing more resources than ever on compliance. Compliance budgets are also largely stagnant, the survey found, with 50 percent of respondents expecting their budgets to remain the same in the coming year and another 10 percent expecting reductions. “[E]vidence HIPAA privacy is second at 51 percent.