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

OSHA Standards for Medical Waste and State Guideline Link

Compliance Training  |  November 10th, 2017

Keeping patients and staff safe when dealing with blood borne pathogens is strictly regulated by the OSHA as well as additional guidelines dictated per state. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard in 1991. The purpose is for the protection of the over 5.6 million healthcare and...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

The Hefty Costs of Improperly Disposed Medical Waste

Compliance Training  |  August 30th, 2017

If your practice generates any amount of medical waste, then you’re aware there are definitive rules and regulations as to how said waste is stored, handled, and disposed of. But what you may not know is how much it will cost you should you improperly dispose of your medical waste. Where some practices get confused,...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

HIPAA and OSHA Compliance Training

Compliance Training  |  April 28th, 2017

Medical and dental offices are required to have extensive training regarding guidelines and requirements for HIPAA, OSHA and dealing with blood borne pathogens. These compliance rules and training processes are for the safety of both the patient and the staff as well as for the protection of patient records. Some of the questions that are...READ ARTICLE

The Slippery Slope of HIPAA Breaches

Compliance Training  |  April 19th, 2017

Over the last few years HIPAA privacy laws have changed the way that the medical industry can communicate with the patient as well as the requirements of technology vendors that may share patient information. From pharmacies no longer allowed to announcement prescription pickup availability in overhead systems to tightening encryption levels in technology, the attempts...READ ARTICLE