A weeklong hearing that could determine the future of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s world-famous killer-whale shows opened Monday with lawyers for the federal government arguing that the company’s animal trainers cannot work safely while in close contact with the world’s largest ocean predator. “Killer whales are large, powerful and non-domesticated… Continue Reading SeaWorld trainers’ safety questioned by OSHA during hearing

In the last 15 years, deaths resulting from workplace violence have ranked among the top four causes of occupational fatalities in American workplaces. In response to this serious threat to worker safety, OSHA released a new compliance directive on Sept. 8 that offers procedures for agency staff who respond to workplace violence… Continue Reading New OSHA Directive Tackles Workplace Violence Concerns

As many healthcare providers begin using new technology to streamline practices, lower expenditure and improve efficiency, regulatory compliance procedures become more complex. In the healthcare industry, HIPAA compliance is among the most important standards to meet, and regulatory entities have recently increased audits and general contingency checks, Mlive reports. According to the… Continue Reading Regulatory Healthcare Entities Look for HIPAA Compliance Improvements

Many security managers say end-user education is a central part of IT security. More regulations are also requiring that organizations demonstrate that they’re conducting such training. Increasingly, organizations are looking to automated, Web-based educational solutions. Pemco Insurance, located in Seattle, implemented a solution from the vendor Cosaint several years ago. Pemco… Continue Reading Bolstering Security Education

If you host your healthcare data with a data center, certain administrative, physical and technical safeguards should be in place, as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. Although all service providers tout their data centers as secure, how do you confirm if it truly… Continue Reading How to Evaluate a HIPAA Security Compliant Data Center

These days, health-care security solution providers are on the precipice of something that many channel partners only wish they had — a potential windfall of business driven by federal mandates and backed up by government funding. Specifically, the federally mandated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which governs medical… Continue Reading HITECH Act Changes Game For HIPAA Compliance VARs

WASHINGTON – The United States has intervened and filed a complaint in a whistleblower suit pending under the False Claims Act against Education Management Corp. (EDMC) and several affiliated entities, the Justice Department announced today. In its complaint, the government alleges that EDMC falsely certified compliance with provisions of federal… Continue Reading U.S. Files Complaint Against Education Management Corp. Alleging False Claims Act Violations

The actual meaning of HIPAA compliance is simply if entities and offices are effectively following the rules that Congress set forth through all three parts of the HIPAA legislation. The government states that each of the covered entities must meet the requirements which HIPAA has set forth. The general principal of HIPAA… Continue Reading Learn More About HIPAA Compliance

A proposed change to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act would give people the right to see who has electronically accessed their protected health information.  The change is proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR). “We need to protect peoples’ rights… Continue Reading New HIPAA rule would show who sees health information

OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels and NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard sat down with Diana Stegall of the American Society of Safety Engineers to discuss the focus of the agencies and the role those agencies play in the lives of safety professionals. Believe it or not, the subject of chickens… Continue Reading Safety 2011: Do Americans Care More about Chickens than Workers?