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829K Record Data Breach: Business Associate Agreement
Importance of HIPAA Business Associate Agreements  (HIPAA). This recent record-breaking breach proves the importance of business associate agreements. Who is at fault for a HIPAA breach? Of course, as a health care provider, you’re responsible for your patients’ protected health information (PHI)....  Read More
Dental Data Breach Affecting Over 1,000,000 Patients
Dental Data Breach Affects more than 1 Million Patients A dental data breach report submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights shows that 1,004,304 patients have been affected by the Dental Care Alliance incident. Dental Care Alliance is a Sarasota,...  Read More
Are Respirators with Exhalation Valves Effective?
Respirators with Exhalation Valves With the , Smart Training’s Vice President of Healthcare, Lee Slaton, told Practice Owners not to use respirators with exhalation valves.  This blog post explains why your dental employees should not wear respirators with exhalation valves. What is the exhalation...  Read More
Difference Between a Fit Test and a User Seal Check
OSHA Respiratory Protection Program First: know that if you have any employees wearing respirators in your practice, OSHA requires that you comply with the respiratory protection standard. Both the respirator fit test and the user seal check are essential to be compliant with the OSHA respiratory...  Read More
Discontinue your Practice’s WiFi Network!
Why is my practice’s WiFi a risk? 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. Since nothing on the internet is really secret, this is a serious concern. Acceptable use policies are...  Read More
Does HIPAA Require a Notice of Privacy Practices?
Does HIPAA require my practice to have a Notice of Privacy Practices? Yes. The Notice of Privacy Practices is a  is not optional for practices handling patient protected health information (PHI). Noncompliance can lead to costly fines.  The Notice of Privacy Practices includes the privacy rights of...  Read More
Texas Dentists: Title 22 Extended, Requires Respirators
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Extends Rule Texas dentists: Title 22 was extended. On . The rule extension will begin on December 23, 2020 and remain in effect until February 21, 2021. There are many requirements of Title 22, which is why you should . However, one of the main aspects of...  Read More
COVID-19 OSHA Citations and How to Avoid Them
Most Common OSHA COVID-19 Citations The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for upholding workplace standards. OSHA cites and fines employers who are not adequately protecting their employees from hazards in the workplace. COVID-19 is a new hazard. When employers...  Read More
1518 Attorney John J. Balitis, Jr. on Legal Preparedness for Practicing During a Pandemic : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran
Mr. Balitis is an attorney and partner with the law firm of Jennings Strouss in Phoenix.  Over his 30 years of practice, he has counseled and represented private public sector clients in all aspects of employment law and labor law.  Mr. Balitis litigates employment-related disputes in federal and...  Read More
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
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