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Webinar Q and A: Opioid Prescription Drug Abuse

First Healthcare Compliance hosted an educational webinar, “Risk Management Considerations with Prescription Drug Abuse” with Mike Midgley RN, JD, MPH, CPHRM, DFASHRM. Click here to view the webinar. For prescribers, dispensers and their employees, Mike provides answers to some commonly asked questions regarding risks related to prescription drugs.   Q: What is the best way

Top 3 Factors to Reduce Costs of Data Breach

Recent ransomware cyberattacks are a wakeup call to the healthcare industry.  The significant street value of stolen protected health information (PHI) makes the electronic healthcare industry a perfect target.  If your organization is a victim of this type of hacking, the number of individuals affected may be massive and the costs may be overwhelming. Even

Facts about 5 HIPAA Compliance Myths

HIPAA Myth #1 “I don’t bill Medicare, so I don’t need to follow HIPAA Rules” All covered entities must abide by HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Covered entities include healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearing houses. Only healthcare providers who do not transmit claims electronically meet an exception.   Business Associates must also follow HIPAA

Webinar Q and A: Best Practices for Employee Handbooks

First Healthcare Compliance hosted an informative webinar, “Best Practices for Employee Handbooks” with Allyson Britton DiRocco, Esq. of Morris James, LLP. To get helpful tips regarding the content of Employee Handbooks, click here to view the webinar. For employers and employees, Allyson provides the latest update to the Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Exemption Rule

Can I Pour Barium Down the Drain?

What is Barium? Barium occurs naturally, but is manufactured for medical procedures. Barium has been used as a diagnostic contrast medium for almost a century in fluoroscopic procedures such as an Upper Gastrointestinal Series (UGI) or a Barium Enema (BE).  However, the appropriate method for Barium disposal continues to raise questions and create uncertainty in healthcare

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? OSHA Inspector

An impromptu OSHA inspection is certainly not a joke to most organizations. Fortunately, OSHA provides a way to reduce the possibility of feeling unprepared for such an unnerving occurrence. OSHA offers a free voluntary On-site Consultation Program for small and medium sized businesses to assess their compliance with OSHA, identify workplace hazards, review OSHA standards,

Webinar Q&A: Business Associate Agreements

First Healthcare Compliance hosted an educational webinar, “Business Associate Agreements: What You Need to Know” with Jennifer Gimler Brady, Esq. of Potter, Anderson, Corroon, LLP. Click here to view the webinar. For covered entities and business associates, Jennifer provides answers to some commonly asked questions regarding Business Associate Agreements (BAA). Is a physician practice required

Abbreviations 101: FQHC vs RHC

Over the last several decades, the number of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) have been on the rise, due in part to the growing Medicare population and increasing reimbursement. Latest statistics show there are over 1200 FQHCs that meet grant requirements and over 4000 Medicare-certified RHCs in the US and

Are You Aware of the Recent OSHA Updates?

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new rules regarding prevention of retaliation or discrimination against an employee for reporting a workplace injury and on recordkeeping for injury and illness. Electronic reporting of injury and illness began January 1, 2017. However, submission requirements do not take effect until July 1, 2017,

By |January 12th, 2017|OSHA|

Help! I Just Got Stuck with a Needle

This is a phrase no one ever wants to hear, especially in a healthcare setting. When a distraught employee comes to you with a needle stick injury, what should you do as the employer? First and foremost, remain calm, which will alleviate some of the overwhelming anxiety your employee is already experiencing, and follow these

By |December 29th, 2016|OSHA|