In many companies, the compliance officer is the first to become aware of a potential compliance problem that could lead to civil or criminal liability. A best practice is to give the compliance officer the authority to conduct internal investigations.
Working remotely has many benefits for employers and employees. A Stanford study found that working from home boosts employee productivity, which was attributed to taking fewer breaks and sick days and working in quieter, more convenient work environments.
OCR enforces the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification rules. Failing to properly manage and oversee remote access to and the protection of health information can be costly, as the following three cases demonstrate.
In addition to physical and technical safeguards, the HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities and business associates to implement administrative protections, including workforce training and management.
Jackson Health System was fined $2.15 million for HIPAA violations that included an employee selling patient information for years, an incident in which an NFL player's PHI was shared with an ESPN reporter, and more.