OSHA report courtesy of Steve Wilder, a frequent speaker and contributor on security issues: YORK, Pa. – The sexual assault of a home health care worker has resulted in a willful citation against one of the nation’s leading providers of pediatric home health and therapy services for medically frail and chronically ill children, after it failed to protect its employees properly from the dangers of workplace violence. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and
[Sarcastic graphic omitted, but the temptation was almost too much] CMS is predicting an effective implementation date of October 1, 2016 for its new requirement that you “MOON” observation patients — or just as soon as its proper form of MOONing completes the public comment process (and any revisions). I really don’t know who comes up with the names for these things, but here is the CMS explanation: Enacted August 6, 2015, the Notice of
OCR release: Advocate Health Care Network (Advocate) has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), for multiple potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) involving electronic protected health information (ePHI). Advocate has agreed to pay a settlement amount of $5.55 million and adopt a corrective action plan. This significant settlement, the largest to-date against a single entity, is a result
Unfortunately, patients are not likely to get their identities back even though CMS found their records. The records were being offered for sale by a hacker. The seller claims that 48,000 were from a town in Missouri, 210,000 from the “Midwest”, and 397,000 from Georgia. While medical records — especially ones like these that included names, ssn, and insurance numbers — often run up to $30 or more per record in the criminal underworld, this
The FBI is quoted as saying there are only two kinds of organizations – those that have had a data breach, and those who just don’t know they have had a data breach. The internet security website Esecurityplanet.com reports that 91% of healthcare organizations have sustained a data breach in the past two years and 40% have had five or more in that time, citing the industry standard Ponemon Report. While healthcare organizations are slow
QUESTION: Our hospital owns and operates our local EMS service. We sometimes get calls at the far edge of the county where it is closer to cross the county line and go to our neighboring hospital than to bring the patient all the way back to our home hospital, and then perhaps have to transfer them to the neighboring hospital for services we don’t have. Our hospital requires us to bring patients to our facility
Guest post by Steve Wilder In case your holiday barbecues have been taking your attention away from OSHA matters, the agency announced that minimum fines for violations will increase on August 1 for the first time in 25 years. Healthcare facilities of all types should take note, as the maximum fines will increase by 78%! For a serious violation, the maximum fine will go up more than $5,000 from the current $7,000 fine. A serious
Maybe it is because I have passed another decade birthday, but this 4th of July does not seem right when the British people declare themselves free of the globalist EU power structure and Americans face the loss of Constitutional rights in every direction as the government “of the People, by the People, and for the People” acts more like King George than George Washington. As this happens, our media has turned from watchdog to lapdogs.
It was 6 weeks ago when I announced that I would have a whitepaper on the conflict between drug policies and EMTALA out in 3 weeks. I also mentioned that being in the risk management field, delays might occur. Little did I know that Mr. Murphy and his law would be moving into a management role on this project. First there was my 90 year
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