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Quick Bytes: HIPAA security rule

- A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will help organizations understand the nuances of the Security Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The paper, An Introductory Resource Guide for Implementing the HIPAA Security Rule, explains the security rule in detail and provides recommendations. Included are a glossary, a list of acronyms, and references to other NIST papers related to HIPAA.  @    Get the NIST report  via

A Dash of Danger

- Find out how one of the largest healthcare systems in the country is preparing to face chemical and biological hazards.


- In a recent appellate decision, a court ruled that a hospital violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it terminated an employee who was on leave to receive treatment for alcohol abuse. The court found that hospital management referred to the employee as an alcoholic in company memos. Because the company considered the employee an alcoholic, he was protected under the ADA. (Moorer v. Baptist Memorial Health Care Center, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, No. 03-5855, 2005)

Fraud Artists More Skillful

- A new FBI report on financial crime trends finds that in healthcare, more frauds involve medical professionals harming patients in furtherance of their schemes. For example, frauds now involve unnecessary surgeries, weakened cancer drugs, and bogus lab tests

Hospital security

- A measure (A.B. 6204)under consideration in the New York Assembly would require that private hospital security officers receive 40 hours of comprehensive training in fire prevention, basic criminal law, first aid, and use of restraint. The bill would require that the state develop the training program.

Did You Know That?

- Even four years after the anthrax attacks, the public doesn’t have a good sense of the types, symptoms, treatment, and lethality of biological agents. The National Academies and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have released a fact sheet that includes a grid depicting the characteristics of various agents. For example, tularemia has a typical incubation period of three to six days; is characterized by fever, cough, pneumonia, and headache; is not contagious; is moderately lethal if not treated; lasts for months in moist soil; lacks an up-to-date vaccine; and can be treated by antibiotics

Background screening

- Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill ( S.B. 621) that would require all of the state’s 5,000 nursing homes to conduct criminal background checks on all prospective employees. Also, the bill would require these facilities to conduct annual criminal background checks on current workers.

Did You Know That?

- Documents obtained by The Sunday Times of London show that British hospitals suffer 43 violent assaults per year on average. Most are committed by patients who are attacking staff, often as a result of frustration over long waiting times. Patients have attacked staff with pool cues, walkers, and, in one case, a bottle of urine.

The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care.

- This is not a book so much as a collection of essays, monographs, and first-person accounts of the effects of terrorism from ground zero—the point of impact—to the human effects years afterward.

Hospitals Join EOC Teams

- Florida, which has a lot of experience with hurricanes, has found a way to improve the coordination of healthcare services in such events.


- Several bills that would give employers more latitude in disputes with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have been merged into one measure(H.R. 739) This bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and is currently pending in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.The legislation would allow employees more time to contest safety violations. Currently, employers have 15 days to contest safety violations. The bill would allow employees to exceed that 15-day time limit if the failure to contest results is from “mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect.”H.R. 739 would also allow employers with 100 or fewer employees and a net worth of $7 million or less to collect attorney’s fees if they prevail in a dispute with OSHA.

Bacterium May Have Killed 19,000 in 2005

- Researchers say M.R.S.A., a virulent drug-resistant bacterium found in hospitals and nursing homes, could account for more deaths than HIV/AIDS.

Can Your Business Withstand a Flu Pandemic?

- What businesses can do to prepare for the business continuity and security implications of a flu pandemic before it hits. (Online Exclusive)

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