The March 1st HIPAA Breach Report Deadline is fast approaching. The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires health care providers to report breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) within 60 days from the end of the calendar year to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
Presence Health is one of Illinois’ major healthcare networks. Presence operates physicians’ offices and health care centers and offers home care, hospice care, and behavioral health services, as well.
Historically, medical specialists working in behavioral health services have been largely spared from large-scale HIPAA enforcement fines. But this fine suggests a growing trend in HIPAA enforcement–settlements are quickly moving away from traditional enforcement, into more niche health care sectors.
We are pleased to welcome Donna Li Puma as our Director of Security for Mental Health News Radio Network. Donna has been providing us with her unique perspective on how to ensure the safety of our interviewers at conferences for some time. We have now asked her to join our team because of the unique understanding of mental wellness she learned through her career and personal life experiences.
Donna’s career in law enforcement was as an officer in New York, New Hampshire and Florida, where she earned certification as a firearms instructor. She is very proud to have been selected to work in the first private police force for the Olympic Games and with President Reagan’s body guard team during his first term. She also served a tour of duty with the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Branch. After discharge she worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Miami as a Detective, Internal Investigator. She was called back to active duty after 9/11 and had assignments in both Desert Storm and in-country Iraq, reaching the rank of Captain. A full resume of her career in this field includes work as a Federal Computer Crimes Investigator, a Special Agent and more than fifteen years in military intelligence.
We are proud to have Donna on our growing team and look forward to her presence at all venues (even if no one but our team knows exactly where she is).
Questions for our Director of Security? Email Donna here.
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first HIPAA settlement of 2017 with Presence Health for $475,000.This is the first fine in the history of HIPAA enforcement levied for a failure to notify over 800 patients of a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) in accordance with the standards of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule. PHI includes any health data containing identifiable information like dates of birth, names, addresses, etc.
Why MHNR Will Always Stand by “Mental Health”
What’s wrong with the words “mental health,” you ask? Not a thing! Then why, we wondered, were the folks at Mental Health News Radio coming up against roadblock upon roadblock in regard to the name of our show? It’s true, the phrasing and the connotations of “mental health” have some long held—though undeserved—stigmas attached to them. We get it. But that’s precisely why we refuse to rebrand around it. We tackle this beast (that somehow mental health is any less deserving or crucial to one’s psyche and physicality than brain health, bone health, or overall physical health) every. single. day.
Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melissa Richards, Counselor and Guest on Empowered Empaths
After earning a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University in Virginia, Melissa Richards moved to Tampa, Florida, where she encountered a variety of populations and concerns in her many hours of training to become a licensed mental health counselor. Coincidentally, Tampa is also the birthplace of her first foray into private practice: otherwise known as Restoration Counseling Center.While she continues to practice today (though now based in Miami), Melissa enjoys any opportunity she’s offered that allows her to expand her counseling reach and notes the honor and joy she receives from “walking alongside so many hurting people.” That includes writing articles and speaking to larger audiences through various conferences or podcasts—and as of this summer, it also includes joining the Mental Health News Radio team.
Study after study confirms that health and healing professionals who demonstrate empathy provide better care with higher patient/client satisfaction. However, empathic burnout and compassion fatigue are a constant presence in the working lives of health professionals.
We start with our Program Director, resident counselor, and Marketing & Advocacy Director, Melanie Vann.
A trained behavioral health expert who’s innately intrigued by all that people come to endure during their lifetime, Melanie Vann has been working with Mental Health News Radio and everythingEHR since May 2015. Over the past year and change, her role with the MHNR team has evolved considerably, as she moved quickly from small marketing tasks to a more prominent role in show hosting and management.
Whether she’s on-air co-hosting or behind the scenes vetting guests or writing her next blog post, Melanie draws on her years in private practice as a counselor, life coach, and equine therapist to bring to light the hottest topics of behavioral health today. For more on what makes Melanie tick—and what’s to come regarding her role at MHNR—keep reading.
Furthering a “Trauma-Enlightened” Conversation
Dan Griffin, an author and international expert on men and trauma, has a bone to pick with the behavioral healthcare system, and he’s not afraid of how controversial it may sound. “I don’t think it’s men who are failing treatment; I think it’s we who are failing them,” he said recently in an interview with Kristin Walker on Mental Health News Radio—one that proved provocative in its candid discussion of gender, the danger of man rules’ rigidity, and the concept of conscious masculinity. Listen to a list of all of Dan’s podcasts: