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Free Webinar: Most Questionable Healthcare Social Media Posts of 2020

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 1/13/21 12:29 PM

Start 2021 off strong with the next TWO webinars in MPA's Free Compliance Webinar Series!

 

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, Social Media, compliance

Free Webinar: Compliance New Year's Resolutions for SNFs

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 1/11/21 10:30 AM

Start 2021 off strong with the next TWO webinars in MPA's Free Compliance Webinar Series!

 

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, Social Media, compliance

Free Webinar: Most Questionable Healthcare Social Media Posts of 2020

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 1/7/21 9:15 AM

Start 2021 off strong with the next TWO webinars in MPA's Free Compliance Webinar Series!

 

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, Social Media, compliance

Having a hard time keeping up with compliance news? MPA can help

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 12/14/20 4:07 PM

 

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

Train Remotely with Compliance and HIPAA Training Handbooks

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 12/2/20 10:30 AM

The pandemic has led covered entities and business associates to rethink training.

For starters, in-services are not always practical right now. With more remote employees, and concerns about trying to contain spread of the virus, in-person, classroom-style training is not working for everyone.

Plus, many providers are dealing with an evolving workforce: more agency/temp staff, more healthcare professionals newly hired due to loosened education or certification requirements during COVID-19. All of these people need training - and providers have less time to train.

Compliance and HIPAA training does not have to be in the form of a live in-service to be effective. 

MPA's Compliance and HIPAA Training Handbooks can help.

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Topics: Compliance Basics, Training and Education, HIPAA, Culture of Compliance, MPA's Compliance Store, COVID-19

HIPAA interrupts an historical tour: Pause before you pitch!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 11/19/20 10:00 AM

It’s not often that a HIPAA incident also provides a history lesson, but there’s a first time for everything.

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Topics: HIPAA, data breach

The Compliance Cartoon Caption Contest is here!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 11/18/20 10:00 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

HIPAA Alert: How many former employees can access your PHI?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 11/17/20 10:00 AM

Hopefully you can answer this question, with 100% certainty, with a single word: Zero.

But that’s often not the case.

Recently, the City of New Haven, CT, entered a $202,400 settlement with the OCR to resolve potential HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule violations.

The New Haven Health Department filed a breach report after “a former employee returned…eight days after being terminated, logged into her old computer with her still active user name and password, and downloaded PHI that included patient names, addresses, dates of birth, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexually transmitted diseases test results onto a USB drive.” This former employee also gave her user name and password to an intern.

MPA sees this scenario frequently – an employee leaves, access is not terminated in a timely manner, and the former employee continues to log in (typically out of curiosity).

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Topics: HIPAA, breach notification

The Opioid Reckoning Has Just Begun

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 11/12/20 10:30 AM

 

Every few days, we see criminal charges brought against physicians and other individuals who provided controlled substances without a medical need; without a proper medical visit or exam; or in exchange for kickbacks or bribes.

On October 21, we had big news from the Department of Justice: settlements with Purdue Pharmacy and the Sackler family. Purdue Pharma, a pharmaceutical company primarily owned by the Sackler family, is most well-known for its opioid product OxyContin.

State, private, and federal lawsuits have increasingly been filed against opioid manufacturers, and many in the healthcare industry expected to see enforcement involving Purdue and the Sacklers. Here’s what happened in October:

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Topics: Penalties and Enforcement, Opioids, compliance

Treat today, trouble tomorrow: Talking to staff about vendor gifts

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 11/10/20 10:00 AM

 

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Topics: Training and Education, Kickbacks and Referrals, compliance

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