Posts by Olivia Wann

CDC Publishes New Guidelines for TB

by Olivia Wann, JD Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new guidelines, Tuberculosis Screening, Testing, and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel: Recommendations from the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association and CDC on May 17, 2019.  These revised recommendations update those published in year 2005.  The goal in healthcare is to provide early identification…
Risk Analysis/Risk Management at Modern Practice Solutions

Risk Analysis/Risk Management

Has your organization completed a current Risk Assessment? Do you have a Risk Management Work Plan in your office? by Jodie Cannon, BS, OSHA/HIPAA Consultant All ePHI that is created, received, maintained, or transmitted by an organization is subject to the HIPAA Security Rule. What is the HIPAA Security Rule exactly? “The HIPAA Security Rule…
HIPAA & Cybersecurity blog

HIPAA and Cybersecurity

Are you practicing good “Cyber Hygiene”? by Jodie Cannon, BS, OSHA/HIPAA Consultant It’s no secret that HIPAA regulatory compliance can be very time consuming and substantially increase costs. Confusing, obtuse regulations written in difficult to understand language can be bewildering and overwhelming for healthcare organizations, especially small to midsize organizations with limited management resources. HIPAA…

The Importance of HIPAA Training

by Jodie Cannon, BS, OSHA/HIPAA Consultant A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that over half of data breaches are caused by internal issues – many of which are directly related to a lack of effective employee training. You can read more about the recent study at https://www.hcinnovationgroup.com/cybersecurity/news/13030905/study-internal-negligence-not-hackers-responsible-for-half-of-data-breaches. Clearly employee…
10 Common Questions about HIPAA, Answered

10 Most Common Questions about HIPAA

by Jodie Cannon, BS, OSHA/HIPAA Consultant We get a lot of questions from our clients and thought we would share some of the most frequent with you: Q. When can we say we are HIPAA compliant? A. We get this question a lot. There is no definitive answer on this. However, based on what we…

CE Requirements for Tennessee Dental Offices

by Olivia Wann, JD As we approach the end of the year, please be sure your entire team has satisfied continuing education (CE) requirements. The Board of Dentistry requires strict compliance. Additionally, verify that the dental licenses are current. Failure to maintain a current license is a costly mistake that has a negative impact on…

HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

by Jodie Cannon, BS, HIPAA Consultant Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) are a very important requirement of HIPAA compliance and should not be overlooked.  Organizations have gotten into trouble because of lack of a BAA and Business Associates (BAs) are quite often the source of breaches.  This tip is written from the point of view of…

HIPAA Security Incidents and Breaches

by Jodie Cannon, BS Many people believe that a HIPAA breach automatically leads to investigations and fines.  This is not necessarily the case. The purpose of the HIPAA Security Rule and the goal of HIPAA compliance is to position your organization to minimize the chance of a breach and to properly deal with a breach…
HIPAA Compliance and Vulnerability Scans

HIPAA Compliance and Vulnerability Scans

By Jodie Cannon, BS This article provides useful tips for HIPAA security officers. As a HIPAA security officer, you can divide your list of tasks into two categories: “ad-hoc” tasks and maintenance tasks. Examples of dealing with “ad-hoc” tasks include remediating gaps identified on a Risk Assessment and dealing with a security incident. There are…

HELP!!!!!! OSHA is Here!! What do I do now?

Calm down. Breathe. The key to having confidence in your compliance program is preparation. This article is designed to help you prepare for an OSHA visit. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor. Tennessee OSHA is an agency of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce…
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