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Dental Office Pays a $10,000 Penalty for Improper Disclosure of PHI on Yelp.

Dental Office Pays a $10,000 Penalty for Improper Disclosure of PHI on Yelp.

In October, Health and Human Services (HHS) released a press statement that a Dallas based dental office had agreed to a settlement of $10,000 for improperly disclosing patient protected health information (PHI) on a social media platform known for online reviews.   HHS's Office of Civil Rights received a complaint in June 2016 from a patient alleging that Elite Dental Associates had disclosed the patient's last name and details of their condition. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is an organization that operates within HHS and has the responsibility of enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules. During their investigation they confirmed that the dental...

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The Top 5 Ways to Avoid a HIPAA Fine in 2019

The Top 5 Ways to Avoid a HIPAA Fine in 2019

You might remember this scene in the movie The Matrix. Cypher and Agent Smith are seated in a fancy restaurant. Cypher agrees to sell out his friends with the understanding he will be put back into the Matrix with no recollection of it's existence."I know this steak doesn't exist; I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it's juicy and delicious." <Cypher takes an indulgent bite of his steak> "After 9 years, you know what I realized? Ignorance is bliss." "HIPAA fines for non-compliance are based on the level of perceived negligence found within your organization...

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Choosing the Right PPE for the Task - Healthcare and Dentistry

Choosing the Right PPE for the Task - Healthcare and Dentistry

There's an old saying "If the shoe fits, then wear it." It's got a ring to it, but it certainly wouldn't be good advice if we were talking about PPE use. The fact is when it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE), it's important to enforce minimum requirements to keep employees safe. In many cases this will be as simple as following manufacturers' recommendations, but in some cases it's up to the employer to set and enforce these minimum requirements. The procedures you perform that require PPE to eliminate or reduce likely exposure to blood or OPIM are listed in your Exposure...

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OSHA Checklist - What every Medical and Dental Practice Need to Know

OSHA Checklist - What every Medical and Dental Practice Need to Know

Running a busy medical or dental practice is difficult enough as it is without having to deal with regulatory compliance like OSHA or HIPAA. This checklist will assist you in addressing some of the most common or overlooked areas we see during our inspections. 

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HIPAA and Jussie Smollett. How and Why Over 50 Employees Lost Their Jobs.

HIPAA and Jussie Smollett. How and Why Over 50 Employees Lost Their Jobs.

By now pretty much everyone has heard about Jussie Smollett. It's a case that grabbed a lot of attention because it involved a celebrity. It was no secret that Jussie Smollett had admitted himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. At that point though his right to patient privacy was no different then anyone else. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) created standards that require all covered entities (healthcare facilities, dentists, physicians, labs etc) to protect patient privacy by implementing policies, safeguards and providing employee training. Considering the magnitude and exposure of this case it's easy to see why over 50 healthcare workers at Northwestern...

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