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Train your environmental services staff

Health Information Compliance Insider, July 1, 2008

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Simple education yields effective results

Editor’s note: The following article is the third of five in a series about effectively training specific groups of staff members on HIPAA privacy and security compliance.

Just like your clinical staff, your environmental staff works inside your hospital 24 hours per day. Whether serving food, providing custodial or housekeeping services, or performing a variety of other tasks, environmental services staff members are part of the hospital fabric. They are just less visible than those wearing white coats.

But that doesn’t mean you should exclude them from HIPAA training. The nature of their jobs takes them to every nook and cranny of the hospital, and they have more access to PHI than you might imagine.

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