The Linda Harvey Group blog is the premiere source of information for comprehensive risk management covering topics such as patient safety, identity theft, employment law compliance, disciplinary sanctions, OSHA/infection control, and documentation/recordkeeping. Our informational articles are posted each month and are full of up-to-date information regarding the newest standards of care and compliance. Leverage our expertise and regain confidence in your practice!
Stolen Flash Drive Costs Practice $150K
An unencrypted USB drive has ended up costing one dermatology practice $150K in fines. The device, containing ePHI relating to Mohs surgery on approximately 2,200 patients, was stolen from a staff member’s car on September 14, 2011. The drive was never recovered. The practice notified patients of the breach within 30 days of its discovery,…Read More
It Takes More Than Good Patient Care to Avoid Regulatory Red-Flags
The onslaught of new regulations, healthcare initiatives and practice management challenges can easily confuse the most astute practitioner. It’s no wonder that dentists with exemplary records of patient care may find their practice in the regulatory spotlight.Read More
Affordable legal advice is here!
Working Americans and their families face a myriad of legal issues almost daily, and legal problems know no economic boundaries. All income levels experience legal issues or events at about the same rate. But a recent Legal Needs Study showed that, although 57 million full-time working Americans experienced at least one significant legal event in…Read More
What Not to Say to a HIPAA Auditor
Here are Linda’s top three responses to avoid when a HIPAA auditor shows up at your doorstep: We’re closed for lunch. Can you come back tomorrow? We paid our fines last year. We have nothing in place; we are so glad to see you because we need your help. There is no time like the…Read More
Risk Academy Success!
Thanks to everyone who helped make the inaugural Risk Academy a huge success this summer. Here’s what two VIPs from the Risk Management academy had to say about this premier event: “It was one of the best classes! I learned how to be more organized using the Van Write Mind Mapping Technique. We also discussed…Read More
Nine Tips for Creating and Using Good Passwords
By Linda Harvey, RDH, MS We have become so comfortable with using passwords that we sometimes cut corners when creating or using them. But it is important to remember that, when we use passwords and User IDs to log into computers or websites, we must use the same care in safeguarding our patients’ privacy as…Read More
When HIPAA Comes Knocking
By Linda Harvey, RDH, MS Knock, Knock Who’s there? OCR OCR, who? Oh see, are your HIPAA Policies up to date? According to the 2011 Second Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security by The Ponemon Institute, data breaches are on the rise—and most of them are caused by employee mishaps. Recently, I…Read More
Go Team! Utilizing a Team Approach for Patient Safety
By Linda Harvey, RDH, MS Just as it takes a team to win a football game, it takes a concerted approach to provide consistent quality care in the dental office. Risk management and patient safety can be thought of as a football team: every team consists of offensive and defensive players; each player possessing a…Read More
The Many Faces of Safety
by Linda Harvey, RDH, MS, Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager June marked the celebration of the National Safety Council’s (NSC) National Safety Month. Chartered in 1913, the NSC is a not-for-profit organization that promotes safety of Americans at home, on the roads, and at work. The NSC dedicates each week in June to a different aspect…Read More