Education

A Business Associate Agreement? Tell Me More!

1st Talk Compliance features guest Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, principal with Rachel V. Rose – Attorney at Law, P.L.L.C., Houston, TX, on the topic of “A Business Associate Agreement? Tell Me More!” Rachel joins our host Catherine Short to discuss how Business Associate Agreements (BAA) are not new; however, some individuals are new to healthcare and others never understood what a BAA is exactly. A BAA is a contract that fundamentally gives assurances that the parties are complying with the Security Rule and Privacy Rule, setting parameters in the event of a reportable security incident or a breach, and states how the sensitive data will be returned and destroyed at the end of the relationship. This presentation not only seeks to dispel myths about why certain language is prevalent in nearly all BAAs, but also provides insight into other provisions, and items for consideration, in light of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Have a Breach? Reporting Requirements with the OCR

1st Talk Compliance features guest Trey Scott, Coordinating Attorney at Kennedy, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, on the topic of “Have a Breach? Reporting Requirements with the OCR.”Trey joins our host, Catherine Short to discuss the reporting requirements for a data breach of a healthcare provider, the definition of a breach, different timelines for reporting breaches, as well as how to complete a breach reporting form from the Office of Civil Rights.

ADC Webinar

Automatic Dispensing Cabinets, Patient Care, and Nurse RaDonda Vaught: Audio Version of the Webinar

Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, principal with Rachel V. Rose – Attorney at Law, P.L.L.C., Houston, TX presents this very timely and fascinating subject for us. A former nurse was charged, criminally prosecuted, and in March 2022, convicted of gross neglect of an impaired adult and negligent homicide for a 2017 fatal drug error. The purpose is to inform participants of a myriad of items so that facilities can evaluate and implement appropriate safeguards, train nurses and other staff, and take corrective actions before an adverse patient outcome occurs. What happened here is preventable and nurses should not flee the profession, especially because of the compassion shown by the judge.

How New Legislation Impacts Privacy

1st Talk Compliance features guest Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, principal with Rachel V. Rose – Attorney at Law, P.L.L.C., Houston, TX, on the topic of “How New Legislation Impacts Privacy.” The Dobbs Opinion repealed fifty years of precedent under Roe. The implications of the Opinion extend beyond women’s reproductive rights and impact the privacy rights of all Americans. The purpose of this episode is to explain the key aspects of the Dobbs Opinion related to privacy from both the Majority and the Dissent’s perspective, address the current legislative initiatives, HHS Guidance, and Executive Orders, as well as appreciate the role HIPAA plays in navigating Dobbs.

The Insecurity of Everything: The Vital Importance of Hardware Data Security

1st Talk Compliance features guest John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI, the largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction and electronic waste recycling company in the United States and co-author of the cybersecurity book, “The Insecurity of Everything” on the topic of “The Insecurity of Everything: The Vital Importance of Hardware Data Security.” He will share some of the latest information about the very real problem of hardware hacking in the world of healthcare and beyond and how that issue became even more serious during the pandemic, with so many people working from home. He will also be explaining critical information for health-related businesses to help them keep their private data – and the data of their patients and customers – protected! 

Workplace Civility Webinar

Work Civility: A Harassment-Free Workplace vs Employees’ Right to Engage in Concerted Activity: Audio Version of the Webinar

Lauren E.M. Russell, Counsel at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP leads this hot-topic webinar. The National Labor Relations Board under the Biden Administration has expressed a renewed interest in expanding its influence into non-unionized work forces. This includes reviewing and–in the right circumstances challenging–employers’ use of workplace civility, confidentiality, and anti-harassment policies. Learn what you need to know to safely navigate the National Labor Relations Act while ensuring that your employees enjoy a safe and respectful work environment.

Combatting Ransomware in Healthcare

1st Talk Compliance features guest William J McBorrough, co-Founder and Chief Security Advisor at MCGlobalTech, a D.C.-based Information Security Consulting Firm on the topic of “Combatting Ransomware in Healthcare.” William joins our host, Catherine Short to examine how ransomware attacks have impacted thousands of organizations worldwide with the healthcare sector having been the most targeted. Join us in a discussion of the state of ransomware in the healthcare sector and best practices to prepare your organization from the inevitable attacks.

How to Handle Document Retention & Destruction

1st Talk Compliance features guest Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, principal with Rachel V. Rose – Attorney at Law, P.L.L.C., Houston, TX, on the topic of “HIPAA and Beyond: Documentation Retention & Legal Holds.” This episode addresses laws that are relevant to healthcare industry participants, as well as compliance suggestions, and steps to take when either a legal hold or a preservation request arrives.

Snooping Webinar

How to Prevent Employee Snooping and Insider Threats – Audio Version of the Webinar

Raymond Ribble is the CEO and Founder at SPHER, Inc. a market-leading compliance analytics, cyber-security solution addressing: HIPAA compliance, State Privacy Laws, and ePHI security threats and our presenter for this webinar. Snooping and Insider threats are exactly why user monitoring and ePHI access strategies are vital to the security of sensitive patient information and data protection. While it is an unsettling thought, not all cybersecurity incidents are traced from employee negligence. With so much attention and money surrounding cybersecurity in the healthcare industry, malicious employees may decide to purposefully disclose patient information. Since employees and contractors may have knowledge of your network setup, vulnerabilities, and access codes, snooping employees with malicious intent hold the key to exposing your organization to a series of unwanted risks and threats.

Medical Error & Patient Advocacy – How Can We Have More Candor?

1st Talk Compliance features guest Kathleen W. McNicholas, MD, JD, CHC, CCEP, Consultant and Patient Advocate with Medical Legal Patient Advocacy Inc., on the topic of “Medical Error & Patient Advocacy – How Can We Have More Candor?” Kathleen joins our host, Catherine Short to review medical error and provide an approach to harmed patients. The CANDOR program of Communication and Optimal Resolution will be explained. CANDOR is well established and has been successfully adopted by many medical centers. Without CANDOR in place, patients may benefit from the use of the principles and the help of a board-certified patient advocate.

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