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Posted 6 days ago by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 10
Are Your BAAs Current?
Business Associate Agreements – BAAs – are the Achilles’ Heel of many healthcare office privacy strategies.  That’s because, like many aspects of privacy regulation, BAAs evolve over time.  Consequently, even when Business Associate Agreements are held for all vendors, they may not be HIPAA...  Read More
Posted 6/5/2018 by Bry in The Operatory Podcast   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6
Episode 14: Why HIPAA Is Good For You
Dr. Bryan Laskin addresses both the challenges and renovations within the dental industry regarding compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. He also looks at new ways to use those processes to create efficiencies in your practice.Find us  on iTunes!  Read More
Posted 5/29/2018 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 21
Social Media and HIPAA
Your office staff may not be aware that social media opens the doors to all sorts of HIPAA violations.  Take some commonsense precautions with postings:If you wouldn’t say it in your waiting room, don’t say it online.  Read social media content aloud before you post it.  If there’s information you...  Read More
Posted 3/15/2018 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 27
Had a Business Associate Tell You They’re HIPAA Certified?
 Many vendors would like HIPAA certification to confirm they are fully compliant with HIPAA Rules and understand all aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but is it possible to obtain HIPAA certification to confirm HIPAA compliance?Many companies claim they...  Read More
Posted 3/7/2018 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 33
Finally … HIPAA-Compliant Texting and Collaboration
For busy dental professionals, convenient, worry-free communication and optimized workflow are essential elements of daily practice.  Our Certified HIPAA Professionals are continually asked to recommend HIPAA-complaint communication solutions.   Until recently, those recommendations were fraught...  Read More
Posted 1/29/2018 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 31
WHAT ABOUT ENCRYPTED EMAIL? Part II
HIPAA requires both Covered Entities and Business Associates to retain past email communications containing ePHI. The retention period is 6 years. For any healthcare organization, no matter the size of the practice, storing 6 years of emails and attachments requires considerable storage space....  Read More
Posted 1/17/2018 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 49
WHAT ABOUT ENCRYPTED EMAIL?
Many Smart Training clients send Protected Health Information via email but are unsure how to make their email HIPAA compliant.  To add to the challenge, many email service providers offer an encrypted email service, but not all are HIPAA compliant – and few actually incorporate the necessary...  Read More
Posted 12/11/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 42
YOUR OFFICE, HIPAA AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Many times, HIPAA violations are caused by well-meaning staff members. More and more often, violations occur because of inappropriate use of social media. Staff members should be trained on the ‘Golden Rule’ of social media usage; if they wouldn’t say it in an elevator, they shouldn’t say it...  Read More
Posted 11/3/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 322
2018 New HIPAA Policies
One of the most valuable elements of Smart Training’s client offerings is our comprehensive HIPAA Policies and Procedures document, which offers more than 40 required patient privacy guidelines to client offices.Beginning in 2018, four new topics will be addressed by HIPAA Policies:    A new Cell...  Read More
Posted 11/3/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 27
Are Your Posts Breaching Patient Privacy?
Many dentists and dental office employees don’t realize that any social media discussion of patient treatment – even posts that do not identify a patient by name – can violate HIPAA.Because social media is still evolving, most offices have no social media policy and haven’t given much thought to...  Read More
Posted 11/3/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 46
 HIPAA WARNING FROM ADA CHAIR IN WAKE OF DENTIST FINE
Until two years ago, dental offices had avoided fines for HIPAA noncompliance.  In 2015, Dr. Joseph Beck became the first dentist to be fined for a HIPAA violation, which sent a warning to dental offices nationwide about HIPAA compliance. Interestingly, the penalty Dr. Beck paid was not issued by...  Read More
Posted 10/9/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 29
How Secure is Your Office’s WiFi Network?
If you offer patients a WiFi network to access when they are in your office waiting room, your practice is liable for any criminal activity that transpires.  Considering that nothing on the internet is really secret, this is a serious concern.You may provide a ‘splash page’ containing an acceptable...  Read More
Posted 9/18/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 31
How To Protect Patient Data Part 3: HIPAA's Physical Safeguards
The HIPAA Security Rule defines physical safeguards as “physical measures,policiesand procedures to protect electronic information systems from natural and environmental hazards and unauthorized intrusion.”In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy breached lower Manhattan, officials estimated that...  Read More
Posted 9/14/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
How To Protect Patient Data Part 2: Social Media Posts
By responding to a patient review on social media recently, a Texas dentist found himself in hot water with HHS and the Office for Civil Rights. While the dentist wasn’t fined formisusingpatient information, he did have to spend money for specialized legalcounsel,and likely spent many...  Read More
Posted 9/7/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 29
After the Disaster ...
Disaster recovery has been a staple of patient privacy law since 1996, and yet, many practices still operate without a viable data backup system in place. Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, experts estimated that nearly half of all healthcare offices in Manhattan had no functioning backup or...  Read More
Posted 8/31/2017 by The Dental Marketer in The Dental Marketer   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 98
#55: How To Start A Dental Practice From Scratch With Dr. Michaela Tozzi
Podcast: Subscribe:  Dr. Michaela Tozzi has done it all, from making mouth guards at football games to offering her patients botox injections. Join Michael Arias as he speaks with this accomplished woman, who built her Vegas-based dental practice from nothing and has boundless wisdom to share with...  Read More
4 Quick HIPAA Tips to Jumpstart Your Compliance Program
It would take days to list everything that you must do to be totally HIPAA compliant. But, with these 4 quick tips, you can definitely get your practice off to a great start in moving towards HIPAA Compliance.First, you must  establish written policies and procedures so that you and your staff can...  Read More
Posted 8/21/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 50
 Is HIPAA Compliance Worth Your Attention?
Most Americans think of themselves as honest, law-abiding citizens. However, consider a familiar experience: You get into your car to drive to work and the first thing you do is buckle up. Why?Either you buckle up because it’s the law, or you buckle up because you are mindful of the reports...  Read More
Posted 8/9/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 46
The Dark Side of Social Media Posts
Did you know that by responding to a patient review on social media you could find yourself in hot water with HHS and the Office for Civil Rights? That’s exactly what happened to a practice in Texas recently. Even if the practice manages to come away without fines for misusing patient...  Read More
FREE Dental Compliance Webinar
Want to learn how to hire better? Join us for our June webinar with guest speaker Stacey Bell, human resources specialist! She will be sharing "Ten Tips for Terrific Hiring." Stacey will address some of the most painful parts of recruiting and hiring and will give you some great information to help...  Read More
Let's Talk about PHI
In my practice of protecting Dental Practices and Dentists, I see a HUGE lack of understanding around the area of PHI (Protected Health Information)! And that is a BIG problem, since that is what HIPAA is really all about.In a previous post () we briefly toured the HIPAA Privacy Rule. This time...  Read More
Posted 3/20/2017 by OSHA HIPAA Coach in ARE YOU HIP TO THE NEW INVASIVE HIPAA AUDITS of 2016?   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 203
HIPAA Audits:  BRING IT! Successful Actions Every Dental Office Needs to Take  To Be in Control of their HIPAA Compliance
With the new wave of , (that began in November 2016 and are still running strong in 2017), most dental offices don’t know where to start to streamline their efforts. Turning the other cheek to this big, bold requirement won’t make it go away. And burying your head-in-the-sand will only...  Read More
Posted 3/14/2017 by Colin Receveur in The Patient Attraction Podcast™   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 10
The Great Dental Website Migration, Part 2
Published on Mar 8, 2017SmartBox is going to great lengths to ensure a smooth transition to HTTPS for our dentists’ websites. Colin explains in Patient Attraction Podcast 1008.Call Us: 888.741.1413  Read More
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