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Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 6/3/21 2:59 PM

You voted, and the results are in!

Because so many webinar topics were popular, we decided to offer more than one.

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All webinars are 11:00 a.m. CST - 12:00 p.m. CST

 

June 23, 2021: Enforcement Updates from the OIG, DOJ, and the OCR

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July 21, 2021: Nursing Home Compliance Step-by-Step

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August 25, 2021: HIPAA Lessons from the Headlines

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September 29, 2021: MPA Answers Your Burning Compliance Questions

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Does your compliance program spark joy?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 5/26/21 1:43 PM

This blog was also posted on The Compliance & Ethics Blog, the national compliance blog published by the Health Care Compliance Association and the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics.

After 14 months of this pandemic, we’re pretty tired. Tired of working at home, tired of figuring out how to safely go back to work, tired of additional duties that COVID-19 brought to those who work in healthcare, tired of trying to keep up compliance in the midst of all this.

We are low on joy.

But there’s good news. With fewer social opportunities, we’ve also had more time to watch Netflix. If you’re like me, compliance ideas come at unlikely times – while walking the dog, driving to Target, or binge-watching Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix (or reading Kondo’s book – it’s sold 2,000,000 copies).

Kondo’s method that has inspired countless people to fill an entire box of 30-gallon Heftys with their unwanted possessions comes down to one fundamental question: “Does this spark joy for you?” Anything that doesn’t spark joy has to go.

What does this have to do with compliance?

Over time, compliance needs decluttering, too. Routines become stale. Training can become less relevant (and interesting). When we are surrounded by the same concepts and practices day in and day out, it can become mundane. Especially during a pandemic.

So I ask you: Does your compliance program spark joy?

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Topics: compliance

Sign up for MPA's new Compliance & HIPAA Webinars!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 5/25/21 9:15 AM

You voted, and the results are in!

Because so many webinar topics were popular, we decided to offer more than one.

Sign up for MPA's FREE Compliance & HIPAA webinars:

All webinars are 11:00 a.m. CST - 12:00 p.m. CST

 

June 23, 2021: Enforcement Updates from the OIG, DOJ, and the OCR

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July 21, 2021: Nursing Home Compliance Step-by-Step

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August 25, 2021: HIPAA Lessons from the Headlines

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September 29, 2021: MPA Answers Your Burning Compliance Questions

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Monthly Compliance & HIPAA Moments are here!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 5/5/21 10:04 AM

            

 

     

Time and time again, we see healthcare providers defending a HIPAA breach, employee termination, or other compliance conundrum with the words: "All employees are trained at hire and annually."

These articles show us that training staff at hire and annually is not enough.

If we want compliance and HIPAA to be top-of-mind and part of our daily culture, our compliance and HIPAA messages need to be - well, part of our daily culture.

MPA's Monthly Compliance Moments and Monthly HIPAA Moments help you keep these topics top-of-mind for your staff. Each download includes 12 flyers for you to distribute to staff by email, or to print and post around your building. 

Make compliance and HIPAA messages pervasive and effective with MPA's Monthly Compliance Moments and Monthly HIPAA Moments.

Purchase Monthly Compliance Moments for $125.

Purchase Monthly HIPAA Moments for $125.

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Topics: Culture of Compliance, compliance

Choose MPA's next free compliance webinar!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 4/6/21 10:10 AM

MPA offers a free compliance and HIPAA webinar series to keep you current.

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Topics: HIPAA, compliance, webinar

The Compliance Cartoon Caption Contest is here!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/31/21 10:01 AM

Boost your culture of compliance with MPA's Compliance Cartoon Caption Contest!

 

This new download on MPA's store includes four compliance cartoons ready for your employees to caption. The HIPAA version includes four HIPAA cartoons.

Distribute one (or more!) cartoons to your staff by email, or print and post them in your building. Ask staff to come up with captions, and return their cartoons to the Compliance Officer. Then, choose a winner: A caption that embodies your culture of compliance, and will resonate with your organization. Post the winning caption (or captions), and award the winner(s) a prize. 

Consider:

  • holding the contest in connection with Compliance Week, or annual compliance training.
  • framing your top captions and displaying them in a hallway or common area.

Each caption is followed by Compliance Officer notes: An explanation of the compliance risk involved, and a sample caption.

Compliance Cartoon Caption Game: $95

Compliance Cartoon Caption Game - HIPAA Version: $95

Here's a sample:

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Topics: HIPAA, Culture of Compliance, compliance

Too much compliance and HIPAA news to read?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/25/21 10:00 AM

MPA scours the compliance and HIPAA headlines daily so that you don't have to.

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Topics: HIPAA, compliance

There's no HIPAA for cats, by the way.

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/23/21 9:00 AM

From the archives... this week, I bring you an oldie but a goodie - one of our top blogs of all time.

Recently, my husband and our five year old daughter took our dog to the vet for a check-up. When they came home, my five year old was very excited to tell me that she got to talk to Dr. Julie about Abby's tooth cleaning and Jack's nail trimming.

Abby and Jack are my mother's cats, who, in case it isn't obvious, also see Dr. Julie.

I was astounded! Until my husband reminded me:

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Topics: HIPAA

I’ll have another rosemary latte and a HIPAA breach, please.

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/18/21 2:11 PM

One year after COVID-19 hit the United States, we are in varying stages of re-opening - and for many, remote work continues as the new normal.  This changing reality of where we are working brought this popular blog from 2019 to mind - so here is one from the archives...

 

The other day I stopped by my favorite local coffee shop for an afternoon pick-me-up. I ordered my guilty pleasure – a brown sugar rosemary latte – and sat down in the only available seat on the lobby couch to wait.

A few minutes later, a young woman came in and sat down next to me, opened her laptop, and began clack-clacking away (a common occurrence, as this coffee place is known as an unofficial co-working space).

I got up to get my latte, sat back down, and noticed that the woman was on the phone. I began reading an article about a recent HIPAA breach (in a moment you will learn the irony in this), and tried not to be distracted by her call. But, I couldn’t help but notice she seemed to be talking about a patient. She mentioned the patient’s name and birthday, and then scheduled an appointment for him. She went on to do this for several other patients. Then she called a few patients to check on their condition and well-being. I also couldn’t help but notice that she was typing information into some kind of EMR database.

If this was a cartoon, my head would have exploded at this moment.

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, Culture of Compliance

Let MPA take care of compliance & HIPAA news for you

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/11/21 9:15 AM

 

MPA brings you a lot of compliance and HIPAA news in our blog.

But did you know there's even more in our monthly newsletter subscription?

MPA scours OIG, DOJ, FBI, and OCR enforcement updates and news headlines so you don't have to.

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Topics: Compliance Basics

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