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What are you doing to keep the lights on?

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

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.

 

A few weeks ago, a storm came through the St. Louis area. Wind gusts that reached 41 miles per hour snapped telephone poles in half, toppled trees onto power lines and transformers, and left more than 100,000 people without power. We ended up throwing out everything in our fridge. And then everything in the freezer. And then the fridge itself, which did not survive the power surge.

Despite the widespread damage and outages, our power was restored in 48 hours – pretty quickly compared to prior outages. In 2006, a storm left 1.1 million people without power. The outage took a week to fix, and the extreme heat brought 300 Missouri National Guard troops to St. Louis to help with the effort. Several years later, a winter storm left many without power during bitter cold for a week.

And then something changed.

Cities and power companies began a widespread effort to trim trees whose branches loomed over the power lines. Everywhere I turned, I saw tree trimmers hard at work. Years later, I still see this work being done regularly.

Storms still come, and the power still goes out. But it comes back on much sooner! Is it because of the maintenance to lessen storm damage to power lines? Have the storms been less severe? Or is it a combination of both?

Regardless, everyone sleeps a little better during a storm knowing that everything possible has been done to mitigate the damage and keep power systems running. The proactive response to our region’s severe power failures has made these outages far less disruptive.

What is true for bad weather is true for compliance: things will go wrong – and your routine compliance maintenance can minimize the disruption:

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Topics: Culture of Compliance, compliance

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

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

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

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

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

Train Remotely with Compliance and HIPAA Training Handbooks

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 11/2/20 11:56 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

Compliance Week is coming! Are you ready?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/20/20 11:28 AM

November 1-7, 2020 is the Health Care Compliance Association's national Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week. Healthcare providers around the country will be celebrating Compliance Week. It's certainly not mandatory to hold a Compliance Week the first week of November - you can have one any time that works for you. Some providers schedule Compliance Week at the same time as annual compliance training. Other providers hold Compliance Week six months after compliance training, to provide a second compliance "blast" during the year. Whatever time you choose, get a Compliance Week on the calendar every year.

Why Compliance Week?

There are so many reasons why Compliance Week is good for your organization! Compliance Week will...

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Topics: Culture of Compliance, compliance, compliance week

The Compliance Cartoon Caption Contest is here!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/8/20 9:30 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

Plan a Successful Compliance Week with MPA's free webinar!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/7/20 10:19 AM

Sign up for the next webinar in MPA's Free Compliance Webinar Series:

October 14th at 12 p.m. CST: Plan a Successful Compliance Week!

Your compliance program is only as strong as the culture behind it - and the knowledge and buy-in of your team. It takes year-round activities and awareness to support that culture. In this webinar, we will discuss approaches to plan a fun and engaging Compliance Week for your staff. Whether it's been a year since you held Compliance Week - or whether compliance has been back-burnered during the pandemic and your culture needs a boost - it's time to schedule a Compliance Week!

Learn how to plan a Compliance Week that reinforces compliance as a positive force in your organization.

Sign up here.

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Topics: Training and Education, Culture of Compliance, compliance

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