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?

OSHA announced it will hold two stakeholders July 29 to hear from stakeholders as it considers whether to develop a standard meant to control workers’ exposures to infectious agents. The tasks it would address might or might not be direct patient care, and the announcement listed examples: housekeeping, food delivery,… Continue Reading Two OSHA Meetings to Discuss Infectious Agents Standard

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) submitted draft legislation to leaders in Congress in efforts to bolster employer responsibility for occupational safety. The bill, “Enhancing Occupational Safety and Health Protections in the 100th Year Act of 2011,” outlines the changes ASSE says are needed in federal law to improve… Continue Reading ASSE: Workplace Safety Oversight Must Be Strengthened

For New York State accredited office-based surgery practices (“OBS”), the terms of continued accreditation (varying with an OBS’ specific accrediting agency) often come with strict requirements and guidelines concerning the hiring and retention of employees and independent contractors.  Most unexpected (and often overlooked by OBS employers) are the requirements and guidelines that… Continue Reading Compliance Considerations for Accredited Office-Based Surgery Practices When Hiring Employees and Contractors

The U.S. Department of Education today released a new guide to laws and rules colleges must follow to ensure e-reading devices and other emerging technologies are accessible to all students. It focuses on students with vision problems, a group whose access issues have triggered official complaints against colleges. The document, in the… Continue Reading Education Department Clarifies E-Reader Accessibility Rules