A HIPAA reminder from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) following Hurricane Irma, the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the U.S. since Katrina in 2005: While the Secretary of HHS has the power to issue a limited waiver of HIPAA sanctions and penalties during a declared emergency, healthcare organizations and their business associates must continue to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule, even during natural disasters, and must ensure appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards are maintained to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information to prevent unauthorized access and disclosures.
Do you know what to do in the event of a fire in your department? Be ready to respond in a fire emergency.
Do you know that a permanent blind spot in the center of your vision can result from viewing a solar eclipse improperly -- even briefly? Learn how to protect your eyes when viewing the solar eclipse on August 21.
REMINDER: Before forwarding an email chain — especially when emailing to outside parties — remember to follow HIPAA privacy rules and to maintain confidentiality of proprietary information. All Methodist Health System employees are expected to maintain a level of confidentiality, both internally and externally.
A Washington hospital's employee opened an email attachment containing malicious malware, leading to a breach of 90,000 patient names, demographic info, dates of birth, social security numbers, medical record numbers, dates of service, charges or balance due and insurance identification or Medicare numbers. Do you understand the increased risk of sophisticated phishing attacks?
HIPAA Alert: Lack of a Business Associate Agreement Violated Privacy, Cost Health Care Provider $31K
Do you understand the danger of allowing a vendor access to protected health information without having a Business Associate Agreement in place? A pediatric practice in Illinois failed to follow HIPPA guidelines in its dealings with a third-party vendor. The lack of a written Business Associate Agreement cost the practice $31,000.
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Methodist Health System is committed to always doing the right thing. That is why we have a compliance program and why we have adopted a Code of Conduct as part of an effective program to prevent and detect violations of law and conduct. Do you know the many ways you can report a concern or incident related to this Code?
Do you understand the meaning and danger of an insider threat?
Methodist Health System has established a Compliance Hotline through Lighthouse Services, Inc. to report fraud, unlawful, unethical and other types of improper behavior. This hotline is NOT a substitute for routine communications within our organization between associates and their supervisors and managers, particularly as to workplace duties.
Do you know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? Learn the difference and the appropriate steps to take.
Effective April 1, a new hotline number and website launched to give MHS employees 24/7 access to submit compliance concerns anonymously.
REMINDER: Know and follow the HIPAA regulations and MHS policy regarding our patients' requests to correct or amend their medical records.
Distracted walking is on the rise. Being safe means being alert — all of the time.
Take this bit of HIPAA humor as an essential reminder. Be careful when mailing patient information. Always doublecheck the patient's first name, last name and address.