OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy
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What’s the Difference Between HIPAA Business Associates and Visitors?
Your Privacy Officer should be noting visitors to your office and ensuring that Visitor Privacy Policies are signed and retained. Business Associate Agreements are not the same thing as Visitor Privacy Policies, although many offices seem to use them interchangeably.  By reading this blog post, you...  Read More
Are Scrubs Considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
Do scrubs count as personal protective equipment (PPE)? This is a common question for our Compliance Advisers. The short answer: no. The long answer is a little more complex. Why is PPE Important?  come in many forms. Irritants can be environmental, chemical, radiological, or mechanical. When...  Read More
Is an Employee Privacy Policy (EPP) Required by HIPAA?
Is an Employee Privacy Policy (EPP) required? Yes. An Employee Privacy Policy is a HIPAA-required document. Lee Slaton, Smart Training’s Vice President of Healthcare,  that signed Employee Privacy Policies “can be get-out-of-jail-free cards in worst-case scenarios.” An Employee Privacy Policy...  Read More
OSHA Guidance on the Respirator Shortage
This blog post covers OSHA guidance for handling the respirator shortage. Here’s what you will learn by reading:     OSHA’s enforcement discretion of the respiratory standard during the COVID-19 pandemic     Respirator shortage guidance from OSHA     Extended use of respirators     Reuse of...  Read More
OSHA Recording and Reporting Occupational Exposure to COVID-19
COVID-19 is a  requirements. Employers must record or report occupational exposure to COVID-19 in certain cases. Here’s what you’ll learn by reading this article:             The difference between OSHA recording and reporting             When you should record COVID-19 illnesses to OSHA        ...  Read More
HIPAA Data Breaches: 2019 Case Studies
HIPAA is the . A HIPAA breach is when PHI is accessible to someone who shouldn’t have access to it. Some HIPAA breaches happen because an employee was curious. Other HIPAA breaches are simply an innocent mistake, such as when an employee is fooled by a phishing email. But other HIPAA breaches...  Read More
Sobering Findings Regarding COVID-19 and Aerosols
A recent review and study provide more information on the effectiveness of pre-procedural rinses in reducing bacterial and viral loads emitted by dental patients—and the care needed in reducing chances of infection in operatories. The Review The review, published July 13, 2020,...  Read More
Dental Respiratory Protection Program Webinar
This blog post features a webinar with Smart Training’s Vice President of Healthcare, Lee Slaton. This webinar was hosted by , and it covers dental respiratory protection programs (RPPs). Lee Slaton wrote, Here’s what you’ll learn about in this webinar:                                      ...  Read More
Are Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) Required by HIPAA?
Lee Slaton, Vice President of Healthcare at Smart Training, , “Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) can be get-out-of-jail-free cards in worst-case HIPAA scenarios.” A BAA is a document between covered entities and business associates. The BAA ensures the business associates are compliant with...  Read More
What About Minors and HIPAA? A Pediatrics Problem
Smart Training welcomes client practices specializing in pediatrics. How does patient privacy regulation apply to minor children? HIPAA in Pediatrics  provides for the use and disclosure of medical records by practices and Business Associates, rights of individuals with respect to their own medical...  Read More
N95 Respirators and Respiratory Protection Programs
First, who is required to have a mandatory respiratory protection program? Any entity that has employees who are either required to wear a respirator or who choose to wear a respirator voluntarily. Are N95 masks classified as masks or respirators? N95 “masks” are classified as respirators. To learn...  Read More
Flu Season during COVID-19: How to Protect Employees
Flu and COVID-19: Twindemic? A twindemic is looking like a real possibility in 2020. A twindemic is what  are referring to as the overlap of a severe flu season and a possible surge of COVID-19 cases. Here are the biggest concerns regarding the possible twindemic:                         It could...  Read More
Is a Lack of Employee Training a HIPAA Violation?
The short answer: yes. A lack of employee  is a violation of the law. It is not enough to train your employees about the law. The training must be HIPAA-certified. Certified means there is proof of employee retention. For example, exam scores after training.  After a data breach, you will have to...  Read More
How to Create your Respiratory Written Program on Smart Training's LMS
Respiratory Protection Programs Is your dental practice utilizing N-95, KN-95, or their equivalent  during the COVID-19 pandemic? We’ve found that quite a few practice owners don’t yet realize that using N-95-type respirators requires them to maintain an OSHA Written Respiratory Protection Program....  Read More
COVID-19 Causes Increase in Phishing Scams
FBI Alert of COVID-19 Email Scams The healthcare providers to an increase in COVID-19 phishing scams. Network perimeter cybersecurity tools used by US-based healthcare providers started detecting COVID-19 phishing campaigns from both domestic and international IP addresses on March 18, 2020, and...  Read More
Telehealth and HIPAA Compliance During COVID-19
Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has increased the use of telehealth. Telehealth offers many benefits, including mitigating the spread of COVID-19. But it also complicates . Why care about HIPAA? HIPAA data breaches can cause hefty . The most HIPAA can fine your...  Read More
Is HIPAA Training Optional?
HIPAA Training Laws There’s nothing about  training that’s optional. The law requires that Covered Entities—meaning practitioners—train their staff on patient privacy. Additionally, Business Associates like dental labs, IT providers and anyone else who has access to patient data are required to...  Read More
Difference Between Cloth Masks, Surgical Masks, and Respirators
This blog post explains the difference between cloth face masks, surgical masks, and respirators, emphasizing employer responsibilities based on OSHA’s standards. Why is Protecting Employees from COVID-19 Important? The first reason is keeping your employees safe from illness and death. But if that...  Read More
PPE for Which Dental Procedures During COVID-19?
Dental employees are at the  for getting COVID-19. As a result, employers need to know how to protect their employees. Most importantly, personal protective equipment (PPE) stops the spread of the virus. Dental offices could spread the virus easily. However,  explains, “The dental office, if they...  Read More
COVID-19 Policies for Medical Offices
Why are COVID-19 Policies Important? It’s essential to implement policies specific to COVID-19. Especially in the medical and dental field. Why? Because healthcare and dental employees are at the top of  for COVID-19.  Also, because these policies can put the minds of your patients at ease. But it...  Read More
6 Benefits of HIPAA Online Employee Training
Providing HIPAA employee training online can make your compliance training program more effective. HIPAA is the  are legally required to abide by HIPAA. Importance of HIPAA Training We already know that a  security breaches. Employee HIPAA training needs to cover , and it also needs to be recorded...  Read More
What are the HIPAA Security Rule Safeguards?
What is the HIPAA Security Rule? The Security Rule is a part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act  must abide by the Security Rule. What is the Importance of the Security Rule? Technology is always advancing. It makes it easier for healthcare employees to access patient...  Read More
Does my Dental Practice Need a Written Emergency Action Plan?
Is your dental practice prepared for a workplace emergency? Your dental staff may need to act quickly to safeguard employees, patients, or the community following a natural or man-made emergency. Proper planning before an emergency or natural disaster is necessary to respond effectively. Protect...  Read More
What is a Respiratory Fit Test?
Why Conduct a fit test? If any of your employees wear respirators, whether optional or mandatory, you need a . But if you mandate any employees wear a . If employees wear respirators voluntarily, you don’t need to conduct the test. For employees you mandate to wear a respirator, failure to conduct...  Read More
Does my Dental Practice Need a Respiratory Protection Program?
Respiratory Protection During COVID-19 Before . Now they do. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) . This guidance includes wearing respirators during specific procedures. Similarly, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  this as well. Respiratory Protection...  Read More
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