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What Kim Kardashian, Jussie Smollett, & Ezekiel Elliott have in common

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/23/21 8:00 AM

 

They all were involved in reported HIPAA privacy breaches due to their celebrity status.

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Topics: HIPAA, COVID-19, privacy

Do you have a HIPAA authorization for that social media post?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/16/21 10:00 AM

The pandemic has changed a lot for healthcare providers – including their social media use.

Most providers we talk to say they have increased their use of social media during COVID-19. Some providers are turning to social media to disseminate information about COVID-19 precautions, and, now, vaccine availability. We also see many providers using social media to keep the public informed, and to keep people connected during visitor restrictions. Many nursing homes are posting resident pictures and videos on Facebook or TikTok to give their loved ones a glimpse into life inside a nursing home during a lockdown. These strategies have led to creative – and often charming – social media campaigns.

For example:

I truly enjoy these posts, and I appreciate the clever social media campaigns and the connection they bring during a challenging time.

BUT – All of these social media uses bring risks.

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Topics: HIPAA, Social Media, security, privacy

Earn 5 CEUs with MPA’s Virtual SNF Compliance Officer Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/10/21 1:42 PM

Compliance is mandatory for SNFs! Is your compliance program survey-ready?

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*** Approved for 5 hours of NAB CEUs***

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Topics: Training and Education, Affordable Care Act, compliance, compliance officer, Phase 3, webinar

* Free Webinar: HIPAA Wake-Up Calls!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/10/21 10:27 AM

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HIPAA Wake-Up Calls

Tuesday February 16th at 12 pm CST

In 2020, there were 19 HIPAA settlements totaling $13,554,900. The settlements ranged between $10,000 and $6.85 million, and affected between one and 16,649,249 patients.

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Topics: HIPAA, security, compliance, breach notification, privacy, webinar

Earn 5 CEUs with MPA’s Virtual SNF Compliance Officer Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/9/21 10:31 AM

Compliance is mandatory for SNFs! Is your compliance program survey-ready?

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*** Approved for 5 hours of NAB CEUs***

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Topics: Training and Education, Affordable Care Act, compliance, compliance officer, Phase 3, webinar

Earn 5 CEUs with MPA’s Virtual HIPAA Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/5/21 9:00 AM

HIPAA is a lot!

MPA's e-course makes it easier to keep up with privacy, security, breach notification, and social media.

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*** Approved for 5 hours of NAB CEUs***

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, Social Media, security, breach notification, privacy, webinar

Earn 5 CEUs with MPA’s Virtual HIPAA Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/4/21 7:45 AM

HIPAA is a lot!

MPA's e-course makes it easier to keep up with privacy, security, breach notification, and social media.

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*** Approved for 5 hours of NAB CEUs***

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, Social Media, security, breach notification, privacy, webinar

* Free Webinar: HIPAA Wake-Up Calls!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/3/21 10:57 AM

Sign up for MPA's free webinar:

HIPAA Wake-Up Calls

Tuesday February 16th at 12 pm CST

In 2020, there were 19 HIPAA settlements totaling $13,554,900. The settlements ranged between $10,000 and $6.85 million, and affected between one and 16,649,249 patients.

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Topics: HIPAA, security, compliance, breach notification, privacy, webinar

Treat your compliance program like a Toyota

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/2/21 11:11 AM

This blog was published on The Compliance and Ethics Blog on February 1.

I know we all want a Tesla compliance program: state-of-the-art, powered by sophisticated technology, with little maintenance required. We all want the automatic cloud-based software updates that magically appear.

But most of us have a Toyota compliance program: well-built, thoughtful design, with regular maintenance required to ensure reliability. And that’s OK. We just need a good maintenance schedule.

How much compliance upkeep is enough?

Whether you have a Corolla or a Land Cruiser, it’ll last longer, drive better, and be more fun to ride around in if you take care of it.

So what’s the healthcare compliance equivalent of oil changes and air filters? Here are some examples:

  • Regular audits of compliance program risk areas
  • Policy review and updates
  • Ongoing staff training and reminders (not just annual!)
  • Quarterly compliance committee meetings and board reports
  • Diligent investigation of complaints with documented follow up

Keeping compliance tuned up also means tending to your unfinished business.

What’s your unfinished compliance business? Is there a suggestion box you’ve forgotten to check? A complaint you still need to follow up on? An annual training you couldn’t fit in? A policy you know you need but haven’t had time to put together? These items are your unfinished compliance business. And leaving them unfinished is a little like leaving all of those goldfish crackers under the car seats in the back of your car. This situation will not get better with time.

It’s OK to drive a Corolla.

Like I said earlier, we all want the Tesla. Or the Toyota Land Cruiser. All compliance officers have a wish list miles long of the software they would buy, the staff they would hire, the swag they would order for the best Compliance Week of all time. But most of us are running Corolla compliance programs, and that’s just fine.

If you do the upkeep, a Corolla compliance program can be outstanding. I know plenty of compliance officers running fantastic compliance programs without fancy software and with a $200 (or smaller) compliance week budget (for a small provider). These compliance officers walk the halls every week, talking to employees about compliance and handing out candy bars with their hotline number on them. These compliance officers write thank you notes to employees who come forward with important compliance issues. These compliance officers run some of the best compliance programs I have seen. I’ll take a reliable Corolla compliance program over a Heritage Edition V8 Land Cruiser with third-row seating and allow wheel locks that hasn’t had an oil change in six years.

It’s time to vacuum out the goldfish crackers, remove the Roxette cassette that’s been stuck in the console for three years, and make an ongoing maintenance schedule to keep things running smoothly. After all, it’s the routine maintenance that will make your compliance program a high performer.

Sign up for MPAs compliance training course and learn how to take care of your unfinished compliance business:

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Topics: Compliance Basics, compliance, compliance officer

Earn 5 CEUs with MPA’s Virtual SNF Compliance Officer Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 1/28/21 11:45 AM

Compliance is mandatory for SNFs! Is your compliance program survey-ready?

Sign up for MPA's Virtual Compliance Officer Training Course

*** Approved for 5 hours of NAB CEUs***

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Topics: Training and Education, Affordable Care Act, compliance, compliance officer, Phase 3, webinar

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