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Suicide Awareness Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

There is a lot to become stressed about in the current events going on throughout the world right now. There are massive fires, hurricanes, and extreme weather conditions occurring across the country. In addition to the natural disasters...

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Compliance Support for Healthcare Professionals During COVID-19

Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States on January 20th, 2020, the nation, and the world has had to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic quickly. Beginning with restrictions on traveling between countries with higher levels...

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CDC Updates Guidelines: Consideration for Who Should Get Tested

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines for COVID testing. Previously, the CDC said, "Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Because of the...

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From OSHA: Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risks of Exposure to Coronavirus

Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace To best protect workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released the following guidance, Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to...

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CMS Press Release: Routine Inspections of All Medicare and Medicaid Certified Providers and Suppliers to Resume in Nursing Homes

In response to the coronavirus, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had previously suspended certain routine inspections amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize infection control and reduce the spread of the virus. "At...

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Telemedicine & HIPAA During COVID-19 and Beyond

A recent report conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) showed a dramatic uptick in telehealth utilization by Medicare beneficiaries. Before COVID-19, Medicare primary care telehealth visits were less than one percent....

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COVID-19 Spoofing Alert from the Department of Homeland Security

Malicious Cyber Actor Spoofing COVID-19 Loan Relief Webpage via Phishing Email Cyber attackers are always looking for opportunities to exploit unsuspecting people and businesses, on August 12th, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security...

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Back to School and Back to Basics... COVID Style

It is time for students everywhere to return to school, but like many things in this world, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is affecting back to school as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued out guidance. Preparing...

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CMS Releases 2021 Proposed Rule for Quality Payment Program

In our ongoing efforts to always keep our clients aware of changes that may affect them, we have an update on proposed policies released from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 2021 performance year of the Quality...

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Recent Update from OSHA Regarding the Safety of Wearing Masks

How safe is it to wear a medical/surgical mask or cloth face covering? Does it cause unsafe oxygen levels or harmful carbon dioxide levels to the wearer? In a recent FAQ, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) answered this...

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FDA ALERT: Updated List of 'Do Not Use' Hand Sanitizers

The pressures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 has created an increased use of hand sanitizers - though sadly, not all hand sanitizers available are effective or safe for use! According to the FDA, Everyone should wash their hands with...

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Social Media Ethics During a National Emergency

What's in Your Social Media Policy? A few years ago, when we posted our article titled Posting with Caution: Social Media and HIPAA Compliance, we mentioned how powerful social media could be for communicating...

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Demonstrating Confidence Through COVID

COVID has created a lot of ongoing chaos this year with debates over misinformation, the severity of the virus, the best preventative measures, and how best to proceed. Even with this uncertainty, one thing is for sure; organizations must...

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What's Your Social Distancing Strategy for Your Facility?

Social distancing also called "physical distancing," means keeping space between yourself and other people. To practice social or physical distancing we are advised to stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people. The...

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Strategizing the Next Phase of COVID-19 Challenges

As the country begins to open back up to a pre-COVID-19 kind of life, there are several challenges, especially for those working in healthcare to contemplate. One of the biggest challenges for healthcare organizations is finding common...

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