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Sign up for MPA's Virtual HIPAA Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 5/19/22 8:45 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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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, Social Media, security, breach notification, privacy, webinar

Sign up for MPA's Virtual HIPAA Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 5/4/22 8:15 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

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

Download MPA's Free HIPAA Resource Guide!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 4/26/22 9:00 AM

HIPAA has been around for years -

but that does not mean complying with HIPAA is easy.

The rules are long, and require a lot of policies. The Security Rule requires a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis - a task that is interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and detailed. Plus, HIPAA guidance and risks are continually changing - and so should your HIPAA training.

MPA's goal is to make HIPAA easier.

We hope this HIPAA Resource Guide provides some practical, step-by-step tools to help you evaluate, implement, or upgrade to a robust HIPAA compliance plan.

Contents:

  • HIPAA In a Nutshell
  • HIPAA Checklist
  • The Top 5 Social Media Posts Your Privacy Officer Fears Most
  • Tackling Social Media
  • How to Conduct a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis
  • Physical Safeguards
  • Technical Safeguards
  • Administrative Safeguards
  • Breach Notification
  • MPA Can Help
  • About Margaret
  • About Scott

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA

Subscribe to MPA’s Compliance Newsletter and Stay on Top of Compliance

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 4/20/22 8:45 AM

MPA scours OIG, DOJ, FBI, OSHA, & OCR updates so you don't have to.

We summarize enforcement trends and deliver the latest compliance and HIPAA developments to your inbox with our Monthly Compliance News Report.

Read MPA’s News Report to stay current with compliance news and developments. Then, forward the News Report (or excerpts) to your Board, Compliance Committee, and management team, to keep them informed with little effort. MPA’s clients use the News Report to find ideas for compliance and HIPAA training, and identify areas where policies or audits are needed.

This month’s issue includes:

  • A summary of the 33 OIG health care fraud enforcement cases announced last month
  • Examples of False Claims, Kickback, opioid, and state enforcement from last month
  • Items added to the OIG Work Plan  
  • The latest OIG Advisory Opinion
  • OSHA update
  • Four new HIPAA enforcements, including a dentist who told a patient to "Get a life" in response to an online review
  • The end of multiple COVID-19 PHE waivers for SNFs
  • The DOJ's first settlement under its Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative
  • Biden's Cyber Incident Reporting Act, which will require health care providers to notify CISA of cyber incidents within 72 hours
  • Telehealth for 151 more days
  • ... and more!
  • You can read a sample report here

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Topics: Training and Education, compliance

Have You Trained Your Board On Compliance This Year?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 4/6/22 8:30 AM

 

Your Board is responsible for compliance failures. And, board members can be held personally liable for financial losses caused by those compliance failures.

In other words, your Board is ultimately responsible for your compliance program.

Does your Board know this?

Board Responsibility

The OIG has said: “every Board is responsible for ensuring that its organization complies with relevant Federal, State, and local laws.” 

And, the OIG Compliance Program Guidance for Nursing Facilities, Footnote 4, explains that corporate directors can be personally liable for compliance failures: “Recent case law suggests that the failure of a corporate director to attempt in good faith to institute a compliance program in certain situations may be a breach of a director’s fiduciary obligation. See, e.g., In re Caremark Int’l Inc. Derivative Litig., 698 A.2d 959, 970 (Ct. Chanc. Del. 1996).”

The Caremark lawsuit established that the Board has:

A duty to attempt in good faith to assure that a corporate information and reporting system,

  • which the Board concludes is adequate, exists,
  • and that failure to do so under some circumstances, may...render a director liable for losses caused by non-compliance with applicable legal standards

Keeping Your Board Informed

The Board has a big job with respect to compliance. This means that on-going board training and education should be on every Compliance Officer’s task list as a standing item. Annual training is not enough and can be accomplished with MPA put together an outline of what this might look like:

Need Help? MPA Can:

  • Train your board by Zoom
  • Provide written education for your board
  • Do you need training topics? Purchase a subscription to MPA’s Compliance Newsletter. Once a month, MPA provides a summary of OIG, DOG, FBI and OCR enforcement updates as well as recent compliance and HIPAA news stories. You can read a sample report here

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Topics: Board Involvement, Training and Education, compliance

Earn CEUs with MPA's FREE Compliance Webinars!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 4/5/22 8:15 AM

 

 

Sign up for MPA's FREE Compliance webinars:

All webinars are 11:00 a.m. CST - 12:00 p.m. CST and are presented by Margaret Scavotto and Scott Gima.

 

April 6, 2022: Compliance Lessons from Ted Lasso

1.2 CCB CEUs

“Taking on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse, isn’t it?”

"You know what the happiest animal on Earth is? It's a goldfish. You know why? It's got a 10-second memory."

"If the Internet has taught us anything, it's that sometimes it's easier to speak our minds anonymously."

 

Ted Lasso, the Apple TV series that has earned a host of Emmys and Golden Globes, has become a household staple. For most of us, it’s a 29-minute mental break when our work is done for the day. But America’s favorite soccer coach also brings us some priceless compliance lessons. Leading a compliance program through and beyond a pandemic isn’t too different from leading a downtrodden soccer team in England: it’s challenging and requires continuous sources of motivation.

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May 11, 2022: Affordable Care Act Compliance Programs for Nursing Homes

1.2 CCB CEUs

It’s been a long road since the Affordable Care Act mandated compliance and ethics programs for nursing homes in 2010. Since then, we have had rules issued; enforcement delayed; and a pandemic. Compliance is never easy in the highly regulated world of long-term care – but it has only gotten harder since this mandate was announced.

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The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 1.2  live CCB CEUs based on a 50-minute hour. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, compliance

Earn CEUs with MPA's FREE Compliance Webinars!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/29/22 11:16 AM

 

 

Sign up for MPA's FREE Compliance webinars:

All webinars are 11:00 a.m. CST - 12:00 p.m. CST and are presented by Margaret Scavotto and Scott Gima.

 

April 6, 2022: Compliance Lessons from Ted Lasso

1.2 CCB CEUs

“Taking on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse, isn’t it?”

"You know what the happiest animal on Earth is? It's a goldfish. You know why? It's got a 10-second memory."

"If the Internet has taught us anything, it's that sometimes it's easier to speak our minds anonymously."

 

Ted Lasso, the Apple TV series that has earned a host of Emmys and Golden Globes, has become a household staple. For most of us, it’s a 29-minute mental break when our work is done for the day. But America’s favorite soccer coach also brings us some priceless compliance lessons. Leading a compliance program through and beyond a pandemic isn’t too different from leading a downtrodden soccer team in England: it’s challenging and requires continuous sources of motivation.

SIGN UP

 

May 11, 2022: Affordable Care Act Compliance Programs for Nursing Homes

1.2 CCB CEUs

It’s been a long road since the Affordable Care Act mandated compliance and ethics programs for nursing homes in 2010. Since then, we have had rules issued; enforcement delayed; and a pandemic. Compliance is never easy in the highly regulated world of long-term care – but it has only gotten harder since this mandate was announced.

SIGN UP

 

The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 1.2  live CCB CEUs based on a 50-minute hour. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, compliance

Compliance Lessons from Gate K8

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/17/22 10:26 AM

This blog was originally posted on the Compliance and Ethics blog, published by the Health Care Compliance Association and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Last week, I flew on an airplane for the first time in two years.

My family went to the beach and spent seven days soaking up the sun – with no work. I made a promise not to open my laptop, and I kept it.

But while waiting for our return flight at the Sarasota airport, compliance found me.

I was sitting in the rows of seats at Gate K8, waiting for our flight to board and listening to my eight-year-old daughter argue the merits of purchasing a neck pillow from the airport’s news and gift kiosk when compliance found me via an unattended airline kiosk screensaver.

The screensaver occupied a desktop computer normally used by airline personnel to help passengers with their flights, and it said:

BUSINESS INTEGRITY HOTLINE

ANONYMOUS AND CONFIDENTIAL

The screensaver included online and telephone hotline options, and encouraged employees to report code of conduct violations.

What a great idea!

Every single time airline employees log on to these kiosk desktops, they are reminded:

  1. They should report misconduct.
  2. They have multiple options for reporting misconduct.
  3. They can report anonymously.
  4. Reports will be kept confidential.
  5. Their company thinks reporting is important enough to put on a screensaver.
  6. If they ever need to report misconduct, they can easily find out how via their screensaver.

It also showed passersby at the airport that the airline takes compliance seriously (or maybe just passersby who work in compliance). Still, putting the hotline information on the screensaver shows a commitment to internal reporting and a respect for employee feedback.

Compare this screensaver example to the organization that tells employees about the hotline during new employee orientation, at annual compliance training, or via a fading poster tacked on to the over-populated bulletin board by the time clock. Which message gets noticed or remembered? Which message shows a stronger commitment to compliance? And which is more helpful to employees?

After two years of pandemic, there’s some good news. For some, vacations are back. And there is still inspiration to be found for compliance, even when you least expect it. How will you show your employees their opinion matters to you? How can you make your message accessible, easy, and helpful?

And for the record, my daughter did not convince me to buy her the pillow. I just hope she didn’t call the helpline about me.

 

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Topics: Hotline, Training and Education, compliance

Earn CEUs with MPA's FREE Compliance Webinars!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/16/22 8:15 AM

 

 

Sign up for MPA's FREE Compliance webinars:

All webinars are 11:00 a.m. CST - 12:00 p.m. CST and are presented by Margaret Scavotto and Scott Gima.

 

April 6, 2022: Compliance Lessons from Ted Lasso

1.2 CCB CEUs

“Taking on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse, isn’t it?”

"You know what the happiest animal on Earth is? It's a goldfish. You know why? It's got a 10-second memory."

"If the Internet has taught us anything, it's that sometimes it's easier to speak our minds anonymously."

 

Ted Lasso, the Apple TV series that has earned a host of Emmys and Golden Globes, has become a household staple. For most of us, it’s a 29-minute mental break when our work is done for the day. But America’s favorite soccer coach also brings us some priceless compliance lessons. Leading a compliance program through and beyond a pandemic isn’t too different from leading a downtrodden soccer team in England: it’s challenging and requires continuous sources of motivation.

SIGN UP

 

May 11, 2022: Affordable Care Act Compliance Programs for Nursing Homes

1.2 CCB CEUs

It’s been a long road since the Affordable Care Act mandated compliance and ethics programs for nursing homes in 2010. Since then, we have had rules issued; enforcement delayed; and a pandemic. Compliance is never easy in the highly regulated world of long-term care – but it has only gotten harder since this mandate was announced.

SIGN UP

 

The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 1.2  live CCB CEUs based on a 50-minute hour. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, compliance

Download MPA's Free HIPAA Resource Guide!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/8/22 8:45 AM

HIPAA has been around for years -

but that does not mean complying with HIPAA is easy.

The rules are long, and require a lot of policies. The Security Rule requires a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis - a task that is interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and detailed. Plus, HIPAA guidance and risks are continually changing - and so should your HIPAA training.

MPA's goal is to make HIPAA easier.

We hope this HIPAA Resource Guide provides some practical, step-by-step tools to help you evaluate, implement, or upgrade to a robust HIPAA compliance plan.

Contents:

  • HIPAA In a Nutshell
  • HIPAA Checklist
  • The Top 5 Social Media Posts Your Privacy Officer Fears Most
  • Tackling Social Media
  • How to Conduct a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis
  • Physical Safeguards
  • Technical Safeguards
  • Administrative Safeguards
  • Breach Notification
  • MPA Can Help
  • About Margaret
  • About Scott

Download now!

Read More

Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA

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