The Compliance INSIDER

OSHA Inspections: Small Practices Are Targeted

Regarding OSHA inspections, we recently received the following question from a client; the answer may surprise you.

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Reasonable Safeguards *Reminder*

HIPAA requires that covered entities have in place “appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards” for protected health information (PHI). The Privacy Rule, which also extends to non-electronic information, does not define reasonableness or appropriateness. HHS commentary on the Privacy Rule offers this guidance…

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“You’re Fired!” (part 1): The Lay-Off

For financial reasons, your practice has decided to implement a reduction in force, and affected employees need to be told that they are being laid off. What do you do now?

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HHS-OIG Increasing Fraud Investigations

The Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that a Las Vegas woman recently plead guilty to falsely representing to Medicare that she owned a Los Angeles-area durable medical equipment (DME) company . . . and submitted more than $3.5 million in false claims to Medicare.

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Sprayer on a Soiled Utility Sink

Do you know whether it is against OSHA regulations to have a sprayer on a soiled utility sink used for patient care equipment?

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Test Results Sent to Wrong Doctor

Is it a HIPAA violation that needs to be reported when the wrong doctor receives a patient’s test results ?

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