Posts by Olivia Wann

CDC Update for Vaccinated Persons

By Olivia Wann, BS, JD   Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19? CDC provided this recent update for those who have been vaccinated: Guiding principles for fully vaccinated people are now provided in CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. CDC indicates that despite the updated published guidance, immunocompromised people need to consult…

Questions to Ask When Interviewing an IT Company to Serve Your Practice

by Gracie Hogue, BM   Everyone knows that having the right IT company to serve your practice is acutely important, but how do you choose the right one? Asking the right questions will clarify whether or not the IT company you’re interviewing will meet your needs in the ever-advancing world of technology and security threats.…

Does OSHA’s New COVID-19 Workplace Regulations Apply to Your Practice?

By Olivia Wann, BS, JD   OSHA published the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on June 10th. See Emergency Temporary Standard here: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework   This standard generally does NOT apply to your dental office IF you meet ALL of the following conditions: All non-employees are screened prior to entry (temperature and symptoms checked) People with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not permitted…
Are Employees Refusing the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Are Employees Refusing the COVID-19 Vaccine?

By Olivia Wann, JD With the COVID-19 vaccine available to healthcare workers, we are receiving numerous support calls and messages about employees refusing the vaccine. Everyone is asking whether they can require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As employers, we must take into consideration the guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).…

OSHA Violations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Olivia Wann, JD Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through November 19th, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed penalties in the amount of $3,301,932.00.(1) This public document included three dental practices. Many of the citations related to failure to implement a written respiratory protection program, provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit…

What’s the Routine if We Must Quarantine?

By Olivia Wann, BS, JD Give it fourteen if you must quarantine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance for the general public and health care settings. CDC published Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure to COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html. The following guidance applies to healthcare…

Employee Temperature Checks and Privacy Concerns

By Olivia Wann, BS, JD COVID-19 has presented numerous challenges in the workplace. During the period of shut down, numerous dental employees were either furloughed, laid off, or working virtually from their homes. Dentists received Guidance for Dental Settings published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The return to work brought many changes.…
TN Business Associate Pays $2.3 Million in HIPAA Violations

TN Business Associate Pays $2.3 Million in HIPAA Violations

Ouch! $2.3 million penalties assessed against a TN Business Associate, CHSPSC LLC.  The breach occurred in 2014 when the attackers were able to get into systems through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) using compromised admin credentials. The investigation is now complete, and penalties have now been assessed by the Office for Civil Rights.   These…
Workforce Privacy & Security Policies Blog

Workforce Privacy & Security Policies

Has your Practice implemented Workforce Security policies and procedures to determine whether a particular user has the right to access ePHI (electronic protected health information) based on his/her particular job duties and responsibilities? Some workforce members may require different levels of access based on his/her job function or role within your Practice. Do you have…
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