Creditors, or any business that is owed money, can sometimes inadvertently fall under the FDCPA's guidelines. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have made this fact clear through guidance, enforcement actions and lawsuits.
If your business collecting its own debt under another business name as the first party creditor you may be subject to the FDCPA regulations. Section 803 (a) of the FDCPA regulations further provides that the definition of a debt collector includes "any creditor who, in the process of collecting his own debts, uses any name other than his own which would indicate that a third person is collecting or attempting to collect such debts".
To summarize an article published in the April 2016 Collector Magazine, there are five ways the FDCPA's requirements can apply to creditors:
June is national dairy month! With our hot weather, what a great way to celebrate and have an ice cream cone with family or friends!!
New Consumer Tools Explain HIPAA Right to Access Health Information - The Office of Civil Rights previously released some guidance regarding individuals rights to access their health information. This is yet another area that poses challenges for healthcare staff when faced with a request from a patient to view their records. OCR "teamed up" with the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and created easy to understand tools, videos, an infographic and illustrated fact sheet. Click on the link to view these tools. https://lnkd.in/eNKvqbN
There are so many ways we can support and enhance the lives of the children and youth in our communities. We can become a foster parent, or volunteer to mentor a child. Follow the link below to see how you or your organization can become involved!
Big Sky SHRM is hosting a charity event "Giving Bock Night" at the Missoula Brewing Company on Monday April 25th from 6-8pm. All proceeds will be donated to Mountain Home Montana. There will be a 50/50 drawings and games. Fun for the entire family! Come join us for this special event. If you would like more information, I've included the link to Big Sky SHRM as well as the web address for Mountain Home Montana.
As we have shared with you in recent posts, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has been working on the implementation roll out to begin auditing Covered Entities (CEs) and their Business Associates (BAs) to gauge ongoing compliance with the Privacy, Security & Breach Notification Rules. During the second phase, the OCR began a verification process to gather the organization's contact information and business address. (These verification communications from the OCR will be sent in email format and they expect CEs and BAs to check their SPAM or junk folders for these emails.) (OSOCARudit@hhs.gov)
The next phase is the Audit Pre-Screening Questionnaire and it is now LIVE! Keep in mind that these elements are time sensitive and you will need to respond accordingly. The following is a brief summary of items you want to become familiar with.
There is considerably more information available on the OCR's website and we encourage you to take a look to see how this information may affect your practice.
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The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has just begun the next phase of audits of covered entities and their business associates to gauge ongoing compliance with the Privacy, Security & Breach Notification Rules. The next phase will begin with a verification process by gathering the organization's contact information and business address followed by a pre-audit questionnaire. Take a look at the link for the complete article.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, you can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
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