Attorney Michael Taylor offers a tutorial to help you understand the litigation process required when your employer contests an OSHA citation before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Despite the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, many employers still do… Continue Reading Litigating Workplace Safety and Health Disputes

Late last year, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee challenged regulators to step up enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act: “… the Subcommittee made clear that the [Office for Civil Rights’] efforts fell far short of its expectations, pointing out that, of tens of thousands of HIPAA Compliance received… Continue Reading HIPAA Compliance: 6 Audit Questions (and Answers) for Covered Entities

According to Public Citizen, workers using coal slag abrasive are exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium, which has been linked to cases of cancer. Coal slag abrasive coal slag abrasive to blast ship hulls, bridges and other metal structures in preparation for painting. In a letter to OSHA Enforcement Director… Continue Reading Public Citizen to OSHA: Enforce Labeling Law for Toxic Coal Byproduct

 When a learning professional is “STRATactical,” it implies that he or she fully understands the strategy needed to be successful as they tactically engage in behaviors to achieve success in the development and delivery of all learning services and products, with a keen understanding of the importance that eLearning and… Continue Reading Understanding the Impact of eLearning & Distance Learning on Your Net Operating Profit

OSHA announced the launch of its PSM National Emphasis Program for chemical facilities (Chem NEP). The new Chem NEP expands nationwide a previous 2009 Pilot Chemical Facilities Process Safety Management NEP, which had covered only a few OSHA regions, and established policies and procedures for inspecting workplaces covered by the… Continue Reading 10 Things Chemical Plant Operators Need to Know About OSHA’s New Chem NEP

Claims processing standards expected to cut administrative burden on healthcare providers, insurance companies, and states, says Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued an interim final rule that prescribes operating standards for electronic fund transfers (EFT) and electronic remittance advice (ERA)–the… Continue Reading HIPAA Electronic Transaction Standards Make Progress

You invest a lot of time, effort and money in your personal protective equipment (PPE) program, so you want to be sure you’re meeting OSHA’s expectations. OSHA’s PPE compliance directive, 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart I, Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry (CPL 02-01-050), establishes OSHA’s general enforcement… Continue Reading Use OSHA’s Compliance Directive to Evaluate your PPE Program

A new survey’s report comes as federal authorities say they would expand enforcement of patient privacy and security requirements. In July, the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights made clear that it would start doing a better job at making sure entities covered by the Health… Continue Reading Health organizations not prepared for HIPAA audits

After several false begins, the FTC has finally initiated enforcement of the Honest and Correct Credit Transactions Act’s, Crimson Red Flags Rule Compliance, and has placed the burden of policing identification theft activity squarely on the shoulders of both big and small businesses. However, the FTC could be the least of… Continue Reading Red Flags Rule Compliance: The Feds May Be The Least Of Your Concerns

Like sand through an hourglass, time is trickling down to the HIPAA 5010 deadline. CMS recently granted the industry a grace period for transitioning to HIPAA 5010, but those grains of sand are dwindling ever faster, and there’s no time to lose for payers and providers still working toward compliance. Even with the “enforcement-free” period,… Continue Reading 5 tips for 11th hour HIPAA 5010 compliance