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Hospital Injuries

How Hospital Workers Are Getting Hurt

According to an OSHA Factbook from 2013, statistics show that a hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work. In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses, which computes to a rate of 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 fulltime employees. Rates of OSHA-recordable injuries and illnesses are broadly decreasing in all industries in the United States, including in hospitals. However, the injury and illness rate in hospitals remains nearly double the rate for private industry as a whole, and it is also higher than the rates in construction and manufacturing—two industries that are traditionally thought to be relatively hazardous. While this was not the case 20 years ago, improvements in workplace safety in both construction and manufacturing have surpassed those in hospitals.

HIPAA training

$750,000 settlement highlights the need for HIPAA business associate agreements

The OCR just announced a settlement with Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. of North Carolina for $750,000 to settle charges that the clinic violated HIPAA laws by handing over protected health information (PHI) for approxiately 17,300 patients to a potential business partner without first executing a business associate agreement. HIPAA covered entities cannot disclose PHI to unauthorized persons, and the lack of a business associate agreement left this sensitive health information without safeguards and vulnerable to misuse or improper disclosure.

OSHA training

Why Your Employees Need OSHA Online Training Courses

Occupational safety and health (OSH), also called as occupational health and safety sometimes, is an area that focuses on the health, safety, and welfare of the people engaged in tough and dangerous work environment. As an employer, it is your responsibility to make sure that your employees are working in a safe environment. Occupational safety and health programs are the best way to enable your employees to work safely and prevent unforeseen events that can pose a danger to their lives.

HIPAA training

OCR announces Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program.

On March 21, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights announced their launch of Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program for covered entities and business associates. As they announced, the 2016 Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program will review the policies and procedures adopted and employed by covered entities and their business associates to meet selected standards and implementation specifications of the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules.

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