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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? Under OSHA, there is no specific prohibition against having a sprayer on a soiled utility sink. Section (d)(2)(xi) of...

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Test Results Sent to Wrong Doctor

We have received some recent inquires from offices regarding the following question: Is it a HIPAA violation that needs to be reported when the wrong doctor receives a patient's test results? (For example: patient X goes to a specialist and...

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EHR Accounting of Disclosures Rule Close to Publication

The Department of Health & Human Services recently pushed forward a HITECH-required proposed rule on accounting of disclosures of EHRs. The rule will lay the foundation for what healthcare providers will be accountable when patients request...

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CMS Unveils "esMD" Electronic Record Submission System

Each year the Medicare program makes billions of dollars in estimated improper payments. CMS employs several types of Review Contractors to measure, prevent, identify, and correct these improper payments. Review Contractors find the improper...

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Blood on Medical Records

Many have asked lately, the following question: What is your recommendation for dealing with medical records contaminated with dried blood? Under OSHA, you first want to determine whether there is a work practice shortcoming that is causing...

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FMLA Leave for Treatment of Substance Abuse

Some of you have inquired if employees are allowed or required to be given a leave of absence for treatment of substance abuse. Substance abuse may be a serious health condition if one of the tests for establishing a "serious health...

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