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.

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.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

Paradiso eLearning Announces its Achievement of ISO 9002:2015 QMS and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 ISMS Certifications


Paradiso eLearning is a complete eLearning solutions provider company providing the most versatile and feature-rich eLearning solutions to clients to upscale their business efficiently. Mr. Sachin Chaudhari, the CEO.


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: .

The Role of HIPAA Laws for Employers & HR


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.

Are Your Employment Law Policies in Compliance?

HR Counselor's Corner

Have you reviewed your policies and practices lately? 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. . When reviewing your policy make sure: Background checks comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Child Labor laws are implemented for workers under the age of 18.

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.

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


Ongoing and recurring training are vital types of training that contributes to the success of the business. You run the risk of having poor-performing employees and face liabilities if you do not offer consistent ongoing and recurring training.


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.

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


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. Written Policy.

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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Top Five LMS Features for Effective Pharmaceutical Compliance Training


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.


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.

Online Courses to Better Yourself as an HR Professional


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.


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


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.


7 Modules Your Compliance Training Resources Must Include


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?


How to Drive Organizational Compliance with LMS Workflow Automation


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.


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. Who Is Subject to HIPAA Regulations?

7 Modules Your Compliance Training Resources Must Include


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.


A return-to-work process after an extended employee absence


The return to work can be a significant transition for your employees who have been out of the office for weeks to months. You’ll have to help them reacclimate to the workplace as smoothly and quickly as possible. Overview of the return-to-work process.

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. While the federal government’s dispute with Apple has been resolved (for now), the threat of criminals and other ne’er-do-wells stealing our private information through hacking, “cracking,” and exploiting back doors is very much on the public’s mind.

Can Wearable Technology and Predictive Analytics Prevent Workplace Violence?

HR Daily Advisor

Wearables and predictive analytics are more than just trendy tech tools—they have the potential to give safety and HR managers an edge in foreseeing and preventing workplace violence. First, it’s important to note that while the use of smart protective gear and wearables to enhance safety is growing and projected to be a huge market, the use of these items specifically for preventing workplace violence is still speculative. the public, risky populations, etc.).

More Tips for Managing Opioids in the Workplace

HR Daily Advisor

In yesterday’s Advisor we began to explore ways of dealing with opioids in the workplace. Host Lunch and Learns and Information Sessions. Offer both mandatory and optional information sessions and training sessions about opioid use and addiction. Have a professional come in during lunch hour and offer your employees free food if they come to your lunch to learn about opioids. Promote Counseling and Training Programs.

Top Compliance Issues in Healthcare for 2019


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.

Guiding the Transition

HRO Today

The percentage of employed adults who worked from home rose slowly but steadily before the pandemic. According to Pew Research , about 20% of Americans did all or most of their jobs from home prior to the outbreak. Managing the Return to Common Workspaces.