It’s That Time of Year Again! The Deadline to File Your OSHA 300A is March 2nd.

Authored by Steve Burt, President, HCRDudley Woody, Attorney, Woods Rogers The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires most employers with 10 or more employees to track and report all work-related injuries and illnesses via Forms 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). To complete Form 300A, employers must… Read more

25 Years of Service: Healthcare Compliance Resources Celebrates Anniversary

Healthcare Compliance Resources (HCR), led by industry veteran Stephen A. Burt, has been a compliance resource for local and national healthcare facilities since 1994. HCR provides on-site consulting services and written compliance plans for hospitals, physician and dental offices, clinics, public health departments, long-term care facilities, and funeral homes in Virginia, North and South Carolina,… Read more

It’s That Time of Year! HIPAA Breach Reporting Deadline is March 1.

Breach Notification Rule The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires healthcare providers and certain health plans to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), of breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting fewer than 500 individuals within 60 days of the end of the calendar year in… Read more

How’s Your Business Associate Agreement?

Not Having One Just Cost A Florida Physician’s Group $500,000! The requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (collectively “HIPAA”) apply to all “Covered Entities”, which include healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearinghouses. One such… Read more

OSHA Targets More Employers for SST-16 Comprehensive Inspections

SST-16 Inspections: Who’s targeted, why, and how to prepare. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new program triggers comprehensive inspections based on employers’ electronic submissions. The new Site-Specific Targeting 2016 (SST-16) Program targets employers whose OSHA 300 log data shows unusually high or unusually low injury rates. The program also targets employers that are required… Read more

Not So Happy New Year: OSHA Penalties Up To Adjust For Inflation

Effective today, civil penalties in federal states for violations of OSHA standards and regulations increased to adjust for inflation. In the Federal Register issued January 2, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor published notice of increased civil penalties for a variety of regulated areas, such as Immigration, Child Labor, Wage and Hour, MSHA and OSHA…. Read more

Deadline to Report 2016 HIPAA Breach to HHS is Friday, March 1, 2017

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, 45 CFR §§ 164.400-414, requires HIPAA covered entities and their business associates to provide notification following a breach of unsecured protected health information. As part of the HITECH revisions to HIPAA, providers are required to report all HIPAA breaches, regardless of the number of individuals affected to HHS on an annual basis…. Read more

Important Information for Our Healthcare Clients

Phishing Alert from the Office of Civil Rights OCR Alert: Phishing Email Disguised as Official OCR Audit Communication The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has alerted the public to a phishing email targeting employees of entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and their business associates…. Read more

BREAKING NEWS! Charging Patients For Medical Records

Clarification of Permissible Fees for HIPAA Right of Access – Flat Rate Option of Up to $6.50 is Not a Cap on All Fees for Copies of PHI Earlier this year, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a fact sheet and two sets of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to clarify aspects of individuals’ core… Read more