The Next Round of HIPAA Audits

Compliance  |  November 29th, 2018

In 2011, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) began auditing healthcare providers and business associates to determine overall compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security laws.  At a recent HIPAA security conference, OCR Director Roger Severino announced that “The next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the...READ ARTICLE

5 Ways to Make OSHA Training More Effective 

Biohazard Waste  |  September 25th, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a strict set of safety and occupational health and safety standards in place to be followed by not only hospitals and large medical complexes, but also smaller medical and dental offices.   If you own your own practice, you most likely understand the importance of following these guidelines, not only for public safety but...READ ARTICLE

10 Do’s and Don’t’s of Proper Sharps Disposal 

Biohazard Waste  |  September 20th, 2017

Improperly disposed sharps pose a serious threat not only to healthcare professionals and their patients, but also to medical waste specialists and members of the community. To help you eliminate this threat and ensure the safety of your staff and others, here are 10 Dos and Don’t’s of proper sharps disposal.   DO: Immediately place used needles and other sharps in their proper...READ ARTICLE

These Diseases Can be Caused by Improperly Disposed-of Medical Waste

Biohazardous Waste Disposal  |  September 11th, 2017

Because it contains a high amount of disease-causing organisms, also called pathogens, medical waste poses a risk when handled improperly and released into the environment. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that improper disposal of medical waste can cause the following diseases:    Parasitic Infections  It’s not surprising that labs who regularly test for parasitic infections would have specimens that are positive for parasites....READ ARTICLE

5 Tips to Keep Healthcare Workers Safe

Compliance  |  August 28th, 2017

Did you know that in the United States, illnesses and nonfatal injuries in the workplace are highest among healthcare workers? On a daily basis, most healthcare providers are exposed to some sort of risk, whether it be a back injury, needlestick, latex allergy, exposure to bloodborne pathogens or violence and stress. And it’s not just...READ ARTICLE

15 Powerful Ways to Improve HCAHPS Scores

Compliance  |  July 31st, 2017

The list below gives 15 ways to improve HCAHPS scores. It addresses performance to the HCAHPS questions. The survey itself measures patient satisfaction. Low scores hurt a hospital or nursing home in two ways. First, by damaging the facility’s reputation, since scores and star ratings for hospitals can be compared by patients online when deciding...READ ARTICLE

What is a BAA and Why Does it Matter?

Compliance  |  June 26th, 2017

In the most basic sense, a Business Associate Agreement or BAA is a legal document between a healthcare provider and a contractor. A provider enters into a BAA with a contractor or other vendor when that vendor might receive access to Protected Health Information (PHI). The guide below gives the basics of BAAs, including who...READ ARTICLE

Importance of Secure Document Shredding in the Medical Industry

Compliance  |  April 21st, 2017

Identity theft has increased at almost exponential rates, to the point where around one in three individuals have fallen prey to it. However, the topic doesn’t just affect the average consumer, but can be devastating when it comes to businesses. This is especially important as it relates to the medical industry where you can have...READ ARTICLE

Where Can I Get OSHA Certified?

Compliance  |  October 28th, 2016

OSHA training can be conducted ether via online or through a training institute. That being said, the modern age has mostly shifted training to be conducted via online. This is a great way to eliminate the hassle of paying for travel and amenities to get the training. There are many ways that this training can...READ ARTICLE

How Does OSHA Training Work?

Compliance  |  October 25th, 2016

What is OSHA training? OSHA training provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. This training is a course that will either be taken via online or a consultant. Although this training cannot be conducted just anywhere, for OSHA outreach training, you...READ ARTICLE