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Safety in Numbers: Improving Diagnosis Through Teamwork

In recent years, advocacy groups, researchers, healthcare providers, and others have raised awareness and understanding about diagnostic errors, drawing attention to the profound effect that these mistakes have on...

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Risk Tips: Using Scribes to Document Clinical Care

Electronic health records (EHRs) have had a significant impact on documentation processes and workflow patterns in healthcare, but the results have not always been positive. Common complaints associated with EHRs...

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News Brief - Study Finds a 7,000% Increase in Telehealth Utilization During Pandemic

According to a new report, telehealth usage grew more than 7,000% during the first year of the pandemic. FAIR Health’s annual report studies health care indicators, prices and utilization trends. With the latest data,...

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Risk Tips: Patient Safety & Risk Solutions

- Collaborating With Healthcare Staff to Improve Patient Safety, Adherence, and Satisfaction - Healthcare staff members play an essential role in patient safety as well as patient satisfaction as they interact with...

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Live Well, Work Well - May 2022

- Elevating Your Psychological Resiliency - Psychological resilience refers to the ability to mentally withstand or adapt to uncertainty and adversity. Building resilience to life’s inevitable changes and challenges can...

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Risk Perspectives in Telehealth: Licensing

Technology has created opportunities for physicians, dentists, and other healthcare practitioners to extend the reach of their professional practice beyond the physical limitations of their practice settings. Through...

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The National Safety Council recognizes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This event is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and encourage motorists like you to minimize...

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Risk Insights: Spring Storm Safety Tips for Businesses

Spring can bring about some of the year’s most dangerous weather and wreak havoc on many aspects of a company’s operations. This article discusses the weather threats to watch out for during spring and measures...

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Live Well, Work Well - April 2022

- Nip Seasonal Allergies in the Bud - More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year. In particular, springtime allergies are an annual nuisance for many people. As plants begin to bloom and neighbors...

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Legal Update: OSHA Reopens Rulemaking Record for COVID-19 Health Care Rule

On March 22, 2022, OSHA partially reopened the rule-making record and scheduled an informal public hearing to seek comments on specific topics that relate to the development of a final standard to protect health care...

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Tips for Amending Electronic Health Records

Altering documentation in patient records can have serious consequences, including allegations of fraud and professional misconduct - and it also can make malpractice claims difficult to defend. Yet, mistakes happen and...

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Health Care Risk Insights: Nursing Home Fire Safety

The health and safety of your residents should be your top priority, so it is important that your facility is proactive in ensuring that the proper fire safety precautions are in place. According to USA Today, more than...

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Risk Tips: Engaging Patients to Improve Diagnosis

Diagnostic errors are a common, yet harmful and costly issue in healthcare. They are estimated to affect 12 million Americans every year,1 and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) note...

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Live Well, Work Well - March 2022

- Understanding Your Kidney Health - March is National Kidney Month, making it a great time to take charge of your health to lower your chances of developing kidney disease. Your kidneys filter your blood to remove...

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Strategies for Reducing Polypharmacy in Senior Care

Polypharmacy is a serious concern among adults, and especially among seniors. Although polypharmacy is preventable, it is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality.1 Polypharmacy is generally defined as...

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Ensuring HIPAA Compliance in Text Messaging

Many healthcare providers and staff members find that text messaging provides quick access to the information they need to make healthcare decisions and is a convenient method for communicating with other providers and...

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Cyber Update: Data Breaches Rose 68% in 2021

- - Data Breaches Rose 68% in 2021, Hitting a New High With No Signs of Slowing - According to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s (ITRC) annual report-which advocated for more effective laws and regulations to better...

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Live Well, Work Well - February 2022

Reducing Your Stress During American Heart Month - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, half of all Americans are...

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Safety Matters: De-Icing Outdoor Walking Surfaces in Winter

Keeping outdoor walking surfaces-such as parking lots and sidewalks-clear of ice in the winter is a crucial practice at many workplaces. Not only does ice removal offer aesthetic benefits, it can also help keep you,...

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Winter Safety: Driving

Losing control of a car is undoubtedly one of the most frightening experiences behind the wheel. Unfortunately, it is a potential side effect when the temperatures turn frigid and the roads get slick with ice or snow....

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Managing and Learning From Medication Mishaps: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Your Healthcare Practice

Working to minimize medication errors and adverse drug events (ADEs) is a worthwhile goal for healthcare practices. Eliminating all errors and ADEs, however, is unlikely due to the fast-paced nature of the healthcare...

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2022 OSHA Penalty Amounts

The Department of Labor has (DOL) released its 2022 inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed on employers for violations of a wide range of federal laws, including the Occupational Safety and...

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Legal Update: Supreme Court Stays OSHA ETS Vaccination and Testing Mandate

On Jan. 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled to stay the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS). The ETS was...

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Legal Update: Agencies Issue Guidance on Coverage of OTC COVID-19 Tests

On Jan. 10, 2022, the Depts. of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury issued FAQ guidance regarding the requirements for group health plans and health insurance issuers to cover over-the-counter (OTC)...

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Changes Are Coming to the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Are You Prepared?

- - With a turn of the calendar year, 2022 will likely usher in the most significant changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule in almost a decade. These changes will come on the heels of several years of information-gathering,...

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2022 Workers' Compensation Insurance Market Outlook

Unlike other lines of coverage, the market for workers' compensation insurance has remained stable across most states and industries, performing as an outlier by producing profitable underwriting results. According to...

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Live Well, Work Well - January 2022

How to Make - and Keep - Your New Year's Resolution - As the new year approaches, you may find yourself reflecting on the past year. This introspection is a significant first step toward selecting a New Year’s...

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Legal Update: EEOC Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 and ADA Disability

On Dec. 14, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued 14 new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about what employers may or may not do to comply with federal fair employment laws during...

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Risk Tips: Managing Pandemic Related Clinician Burnout

Managing Pandemic Related Clinician Burnout - Clinician burnout was prevalent before the COVID-19 pandemic, and it continues as even more workplace hardships and moral dilemmas have arisen. Clinicians have experienced...

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Legal Update: Court Reinstates OSHA Vaccination Mandate for Private Employers

On Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, the 6th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals reinstated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19. The 6th Circuit decision...

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Auto Insights: Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Winter weather can create various driving challenges. Cold temperatures make it difficult for engines to work properly, while snow limits tire traction and salt causes rust on exterior paint. That’s why it is important...

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Safety Matters: Avoid Winter Slip-ups

Winter months present additional hazards that are typically not factors for employees during warmer weather – specifically, slip and fall concerns. With snow and ice-covered conditions, you run the risk of taking major...

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Prescribing as a Key Area for Safety Improvement

Medication Prescribing as a Key Area for Safety Improvement in Ambulatory Care - Laura M. Cascella, MA - Medications are a cornerstone of patient care and treatment, and the medication process involves various steps...

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Risk Management Review: Medical Malpractice

Patient Disregards Physician's Recommendations for Immediate Treatment; Complications Result, Leading to Malpractice Lawsuit - Theodore Passineau, JD, HRM, RPLU, CPHRM, FASHRM - Introduction - Doctors have dealt with...

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Health Care Risk Insights: Footwear in Health Care Settings

- Footwear is an important issue for health care professionals, many of whom spend long stretches of time standing or walking throughout the day. Good footwear is essential to worker comfort, but comfort concerns must...

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Preventing Trips and Slips: Health Care

- - Preventing Trips and Slips - Helpful tips for health care workers Wet floors, spills and excess clutter can mean disaster for employees working in a health care setting. Injuries caused by slips, trips and falls...

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Regulatory Roundup | October 22

October 22, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The National Safety Council (NSC) ...

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Regulatory Roundup | October 15

October 15, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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Health Care Risk Insights: Protecting Patient Data by Preventing Cyber Attacks

- - Protecting Patient Data by Preventing Cyber Attacks - The threat of a data breach in a health care facility is daunting. Privacy is the foundation of hospitals’ information systems, and compliance with the Health...

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Health Care Risk Insights: Cyber Security

- - Cyber Security for Medical Devices and Hospital Networks - Many medical devices contain configurable embedded computer systems that can be vulnerable to cyber-security breaches. In addition, as medical devices are...

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Regulatory Roundup | October 8

October 8, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Texas Department of Insurance (...

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Regulatory Roundup | October 1

October 1, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The National Institute for...

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Regulatory Roundup | September 24

September 24, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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Regulatory Roundup | September 20

September 20, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The American Society of Safety...

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Health Care Risk Insights: The Benefits of a Safe Patient Handling Program

Because of age or incapacitation due to illness or injury, patients in health care settings often need help performing normal daily tasks like sitting up or walking. Helping patients with these tasks requires...

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Regulatory Roundup | August 27

August 27, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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Regulatory Roundup | August 20

August 20, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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Regulatory Roundup | August 13

August 13, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Texas Department of Insurance,...

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Regulatory Roundup | August 6

August 6, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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Health Care Risk Insights

Protecting Employees and Patients from Communicable Diseases - Communicable diseases present a unique risk in health care facilities. Aside from your duty to your patients, you also have the important responsibility of...

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Regulatory Roundup | July 30

July 30, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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Regulatory Roundup | July 23

July 23, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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Regulatory Roundup | July 16

July 16, 2021 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news provided by Texas Mutual. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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Slip & Fall Prevention - Tips for Walking on Ice

Just one bad fall on ice can have long-term consequences. Pay attention to the weather and stay inside to avoid icy hazards when you can. When you do venture out, walking in winter requires special attention to avoid...

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