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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. 


  • 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

HIPAA hazard: Doctor appears in traffic court by webcam from the OR

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/9/21 1:27 PM

A California doctor recently appeared in traffic court by videoconference while he was performing plastic surgery. The traffic court session was livestreamed and posted to YouTube.

The traffic court commissioner could see that a medical operation was in process, and said: “I do not feel comfortable for the welfare of a patient if you’re in the process of operating….” The trial was rescheduled.

The Medical Board of California is investigating the incident.

I’m also concerned about privacy.

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Topics: HIPAA, security, privacy

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

* Free Webinar: HIPAA Wake-Up Calls!

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

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.

Sign up for MPA's Virtual HIPAA Training Course

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

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

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