Does a Terminated Employee Have Rights to His/Her Human Resources File?
We are often asked questions about employees’ rights. Occasionally we are asked about terminated employees’ rights to employment records. You have an ex-employee that was terminated a few weeks ago. The employee has asked that you mail her a copy of her entire employee H/R file with everything in it from the time she was […]
Documentation is More Important Than Ever Before
Anyone who enters anything into a patient encounter must make sure the documentation is detailed, accurate and thorough. Now more than ever before “if you didn’t document it, it’s the same as if you didn’t do it.” Below are three examples that demonstrate why documentation is more important than ever before. Physician Documentation According to […]
Developing a Mobile Health App?
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) developed a web-based tool to help developers of health-related mobile apps understand what regulations may apply to them. The tool was developed in conjunction with the OCR, the HHS Office of National Coordinator […]
Digital Dark Matter Black Holes in Health Information Storage
In astronomy terms, the exact nature of dark matter is not well understood, but it may be largely composed of varieties of particles that have not yet been discovered, in addition to missing mass. Astronomers estimate dark matter makes up approximately 23 percent of the total mass and energy of the universe. In regards to […]
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recommends going “back to basics” and strengthening your cybersecurity for ePHI. Back to Basics (Basic Cyber Security Tips) Have a Strong Password – make sure you use a strong password (i.e. usually 10 characters or more and includes uppercase and […]
Cybersecurity Requires Immediate and Aggressive Attention
Not too long ago, “WannaCry,” a ransomware attack significantly impacted organizations around the globe last month. Another attack – “Petya” – spread quickly impacting Microsoft Windows-based computers. These types of attacks continue to be a major threat to information for all organizations. In a recent report to Congress, the Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force […]