11.06.2017

Safety First: Autumn Safety

Do you know how to stay safe as the season changes and daylight hours grow shorter? And how to reach Security at your affiliate?

10.25.2017

HIPAA Alert: Here's a Spooky Way to Test Your HIPAA Knowledge

Here's a fun puzzle to test your HIPAA and Halloween knowledge. 

10.05.2017

Safety First: Cyber Safety

Do you know how to protect yourself from malicious email? Check out these cyber safety tips and resources.

09.20.2017

HIPAA Alert: Ensure Availability & Security of Patient Health Info During & After Natural Disasters

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. 

09.20.2017

Safety First: Fire Safety

Do you know what to do in the event of a fire in your department? Be ready to respond in a fire emergency.

08.16.2017

Safety First: Protect Your Eyes When Viewing the Solar Eclipse

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.

08.10.2017

HIPAA Alert: Think Before Forwarding Emails

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.

07.19.2017

HIPAA Alert: Employee Mistake Costs a Hospital $750,000

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?

06.22.2017

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.

05.30.2017

Safety First: Do You Buckle Up?

Did you now that in Nebraska, an automobile collision occurs every 15 minutes? Learn why it is so important to BUCKLE UP. 

05.23.2017

Compliance Reporting & Our Code of Conduct

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?

05.17.2017

HIPAA Alert: What Is an Insider Threat?

Do you understand the meaning and danger of an insider threat?  

04.24.2017

Compliance Hotline Is Not for Routine Communications

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.

04.06.2017

Safety First: Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?

Do you know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? Learn the difference and the appropriate steps to take. 

04.03.2017

New & Improved Compliance Reporting Hotline Launches

Effective April 1, a new hotline number and website launched to give MHS employees 24/7 access to submit compliance concerns anonymously.