2018 Speaking Engagements

May 11, 2018 – OSHA and HIPAA for Dental Providers Semmel Oral & Facial Surgery Terraces on Sir Tyler, Wilmington, North Carolina   June 9, 2018 – OSHA and HIPAA Compliance Issues North Carolina Optometric Society Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC   August 1, 2018 – 39th Annual Charles R. Jerge Dental Seminar Northwest AHEC Kingston Plantation,… 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

BREAKING NEWS!

JUST ANNOUNCED!  US Labor Department Announces Final Rule to Improve Workers’ Protection from the Dangers of ‘Respirable’ Silica Dust OSHA has issued two silica standards: one for construction and one for general industry and maritime. Both standards take effect June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to come into compliance, based… Read more

OSHA Raises Fines and Increases Scrunity for Reporting Violations

On September 18, 2014, OSHA issued a final rule revising its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements in 29 C.F.R. 1904.  Shortly before OSHA’s new injury and illness reporting requirements came into effect last January, OSHA issued “Interim Enforcement Procedures for New Reporting Requirements under 29 C.F.R. 1904.39.”  These interim procedures served as… Read more

OSHA Updates TB-Related Inspection Procedures for Health Care Settings

Focus is on Healthcare: Fourth OSHA Document in Three Months Aimed at Healthcare The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated inspection procedures related to worker exposures to tuberculosis in health care settings effective June 30, 2015.  This follows the June 25 memorandum entitled “Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings” and the April 2 announcement… Read more

OSHA Reverses Position on Kinesiology Tape as Medical Treatment

Article brought to you by: Stephen A. Burt, BS, MFA In an interpretation letter to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association dated July 6, 2015, OSHA reversed its earlier interpretation that the use of kinesiology tape is considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes. Late 2014, OSHA issued an interpretation letter which stated that the use of… Read more

Final Virginia Rule Issued For OSHA Reporting Requirements

Rule becomes effective July 1, 2015. In a press release issued September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements. The regulation went into effect on January 1, 2015, for federal plan states.   The Commonwealth of Virginia operates its own OSHA plan and… Read more

P3 Initiative- Plan, Prevent, Protect

The Department of Labor (DOL) states many employers “have a culture of compliance,” while others “depend upon luck or happenstance to avoid workplace violations.”  Still others “make a calculated decision whether to comply with employment laws.”  This is a “catch me if you can” attitude. P3 refers to Plan / Prevent / Protect and applies… Read more

Top 10 OSHA Citations in the Healthcare Industry

Each year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues hundreds of citations to employers in the healthcare industry. While nursing homes, medical centers, doctors’ offices, and clinics must all comply with a significant number of standards, the citations issued to medical centers and hospitals remain relatively constant from year to year. Not surprisingly, maintaining… Read more