|Alerts & Updates
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announces it will increase investigations for small breaches of Protected Health Information
OSHA Increases Maximum Penalties Nearly 80%
Effective immediately OSHA's penalties for high-end citations will increase by 78%. Penalty amounts will continue to increase every year to adjust for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.
Four outbreaks and 170 cases of measles reported in 17 states
Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois,
Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Nevada,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) February 27, 2015
"Because the disease presents in the head and neck region and/or
the mouth first, dentists should be prepared."
Nearly 500,000 Americans Suffer from C.difficile Yearly
"The CDC study found that 82 percent of patients with community-associated C. difficile infections reported exposure to outpatient health care settings such as doctor's or dentist's offices in the 12 weeks before their diagnosis; The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) February 25, 2015."
"Approximately 29,000 patients died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis of C.difficile?"
Ebola Virus Disease
Dental Professional Advisory
"The information below was prepared jointly by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). It was published by OSAP on October 20, 2014."
Questions and Answers
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola Virus Disease)
"With the recent outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa and news reports of American aid workers in Africa contracting the virus Harris Biomedical pulled together this downloadable Q&A for reference."
Stolen Laptops Lead to HIPAA Citations/Penalties
"These major enforcement actions underscore the significant risk to the security of patient information posed by unencrypted laptop computers and other mobile devices."
-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Windows XP Support has Ended!
"Technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available. If you continue to use Windows XP, now that support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses." - Microsoft
CDC Cites Nightmare Bacteria
In a call to arms, the CDC has announced a "detect and protect" strategy urging healthcare providers to act in the wake of "superbug" deaths. "It's not often that our scientists say we have a very serious problem and we need to sound the alarm, but that's what we're doing"
Hazard Communication Adopts GHS
"The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) aligns with the United Nation's Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to provide a common and coherent approach to communicating chemical hazard information to employees." The timetable for employers' to respond to compliance requirements has been announced by OSHA.
HIPAA's New Omnibus Rule
Health and Human Services finalized its Omnibus Rule in January and with it, according the Director of the Office of Civil Rights, "the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules since they were first implemented."
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