New Penalties Are No Laughing Matter
Many would have said that OSHA fines were already steep, but with the new maximum penalties increased by 78% OSHA is sending a clear message to companies that they mean business. OSHA has long made it a practice to revisit clients who have an initial inspection, and as you can see below, the maximum fine for a Willful or Repeated violation is now $124,709.
From OSHA's Website
In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. The Department of Labor has adjusted penalties for its agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Are You Prepared?
Some people think that since they have not seen OSHA before they shouldn't be worried about seeing them now. Although it is true that your chances of being randomly audited are relatively small, your chance of having an accident or a disgruntled employee bring OSHA's eye on you is much more concerning. Smart Training has successfully defended more clients in OSHA settlement conferences then any company out there. But why wait until there is an inspector knocking on your door to get prepared? Call or email us to find out how Smart Training can help you prepare Before there is a concern.
In the training industry, businesses are known by the company they keep. Smart Training, the nation’s leading healthcare compliance and training company is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with OrthoAssist, a pioneer in development of training programs for orthodontic staff.
OrthoAssist founder Carolyn Friedman has created a unique series of orthodontic staff member training programs. Smart Training is helping to take OrthoAssist’s content – developed over Carolyn’s 35 years’ experience as a Certified Orthodontic Assistant – to a new level.
“We’re excited to take Carolyn’s existing training on board,” says Josh Matheny, CEO of Smart Training. “We believe our Learning Management System platform will add a new and appealing dynamic to OrthoAssist materials.”
“Carolyn has worked in all areas of the practice,” Matheny notes, “from assistant to treatment coordinator to office manager. You will not find a more impeccable authority on staff orthodontic training.”
Carolyn’s programs, which provide CE credits for students, include a Staff module, which provides entry-level training for assistants, scheduling, and other team members. The Clinical module is a more advanced tutorial aimed at helping staff develop a better understanding of treatment plans and objectives.
OrthoAssist’s Treatment Coordinator module provides the information needed to present a treatment plan and close a case. The Insurance module helps staff understand ortho insurance codes and claims.
Carolyn notes that she’s lectured to many orthodontic regional and AAO meetings. “But nothing I’ve done gives me as much satisfaction as seeing how these training modules can benefit staff members. Our partnership with Smart Training expands that opportunity exponentially.”
Find out more about what Ortho Assist can do for you by clicking on the link below
In April 2014, the FBI reported that the average value of a stolen medical record was $50. At the time, privacy consultants nationwide derided the FBI valuation as a “kind estimate.” NPR decided to dig a little further; in 2015, they found a “dealer” who was selling medical records for about $470 each.
If you’ve been reading our posts, you’ll realize that:
Let’s talk about why all that matters: The threat to patient privacy, how patients are being affected, and why practitioners should care … even if the government does not.
We’ve already seen that HIPAA was a regulatory backlash that took cues from widespread banking fraud that plagued the financial industry in the 1980s. Read through the major milestones in the 20-year trek toward healthcare information regulation that began back in the summer of 1996. Can you spot the two trends?
Business Associates and Business Associate Agreements are a good example of the inexorable march of technology in the face of almost-stationery regulatory law. However, the approach to Business Associates and the written contracts that govern how they use patient information has changed considerably over the past 20 years. Find out how you can protect your practice against Business Associate data breaches.
More than a million American workers suffer back injuries each year, and 70% of all workers will experience low back pain, so avoiding musculoskeletal disorders is a vital part of dental office operations.
OSHA safety regulations require that dental offices establish a safety program, perform training, assess ergonomic stressors and explain back injury hazards and precautions to employees. The biggest challenge to OSHA compliance is implementation.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – HIPAA – celebrates its twentieth birthday in 2016. Like most 20-year-olds, HIPAA has unique characteristics, foibles and contradictions, because HIPAA is a 20th-Century law applied to 21st-Century healthcare environments.
HIPAA was passed by Congress back in 1996, in an era when email was still a novelty and netbooks, smartphones and pocketable data storage devices didn’t exist. In many ways, HIPAA has remained the same while technology has shouldered past.