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Can You Hear Me Now? Protecting your Hearing in the Dental Office

 One of the more difficult concepts of hearing loss is that it’s referred to as a “cumulative and additive” phenomenon. It’s a slow process that usually results from small exposures over a long period of time. Due to this incremental progression along with the fact that it can be painless, hearing loss can go unnoticed until damage is already extensive and irreversible. OSHA sets the legal limits on noise exposure in the workplace. These limits are based on an employee’s 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) over a workday. For noise, OSHA’s permissible exposure limit (PEL) is an 8-hour TWA noise level...

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How to Keep Your Medical or Dental Office OSHA Compliant

How to Keep Your Medical or Dental Office OSHA Compliant

For dentists and physicians alike, running a busy practice can be daunting enough without the burden of keeping up with OSHA compliance. Annual requirements include providing OSHA training for your staff, policy reviews and typically an inspection of your facility to look for other potential issues. Number one, you can absolutely do this yourself and it doesn't have to be overwhelming, time consuming or expensive. One of the biggest challenge is being aware of how quickly time can pass and how fast OSHA training records, policies and other documentation requirements can become outdated. Fortunately, OSHA is primarily concerned about what you are currently doing....

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HIPAA in 2022. Do we need encryption?

HIPAA in 2022. Do we need encryption?

Do we need encryption? It's simple question, but unfortunately the answer isn't as easy. Health and Human Services (HHS) technically says encryption falls under an implementation specification that's "addressable". So, no it might not be required, but it must be considered. We're seeing more practices regularly using it to encrypt data on storage devices and for securely transmitting PHI to other covered entities or for insurance claims.  HHS identifies implementation specifications as either "required" or "addressable". "Required" means mandatory compliance. Failing to implement these means your violating the HIPAA Security Rule.  The following are all "Required" implementation specifications;  Administrative Safeguards - Security Management Process -...

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What’s the difference between HIPAA Privacy and Security?

What’s the difference between HIPAA Privacy and Security?

One of the most common questions we receive is to explain the difference between the two HIPAA regulations. Although the Privacy and Security Rule work together, they’re distinct have have a unique purpose. In a nutshell, the HIPAA Privacy Rule focuses on the rights of the individual and their ability to control their protected health information or PHI. It allows practices to use the information for treatment, payment and other required functions, but otherwise it must remain confidential. This is an assurance that the information will be safeguarded from unauthorized disclosure. The Privacy Rule covers the physical security and confidentiality...

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OSHA Moves Closer to Releasing Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

OSHA Moves Closer to Releasing Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

It's been over a month since President Joe Biden directed OSHA to develop a rule and enforcement of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employers with more than 100 employees.  On the evening of October 12, 2021, OSHA sent it's recommendations on vaccine mandates and enforcement to the White House for final approval. After it gets reviewed and approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) it will be published in the Federal Register and become law.  Final approval of OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) should be in the next few weeks. What about State issued executive orders defying any vaccine mandates? Keep in mind, OSHA...

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