Published Date: 01/13/2014
By Reneé Watkins
“Ask the Expert” programs will continue in 2014. The events will be scheduled monthly throughout the year, with the possible exception of July and December. The programs are designed to be interactive, with a significant amount of time committed to answering questions from the audience. Following is a listing of first quarter programs for 2014:
January 29– We invite our members outside the Triangle to join via webinar or in the class at the Raleigh location as this one program is in Raleigh only. (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
How NCWorks Online Connects Talent to Jobs
Speaker: Dana Martinez, NC Department of Commerce
NCWorks Online is North Carolina’s new integrated workforce system. This session will explore the features it offers to businesses at no extra cost, including advanced job-matching tools and real-time information on the labor market. More than 2,000 employers have registered with NCWorks Online since it was launched in August. Here’s your chance to find out why. Dana Martinez is a policy analyst with the NC Department of Commerce where she’s tasked with supporting the Governor’s appointed Commission on Workforce Development.
February 11 in Greensboro; February 12 in Raleigh or via Webinar (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
The Nuts and Bolts of Successful RTW/SAW Programs (Return To Work/Stay At Work)
Speaker: Debra C. Lord, PT, CEAS II, President, Job Ready Services, LLC
Numerous studies support the fact that keeping an injured worker on the job or returning to the job quickly results in reduced disability and costs associated with loss time injuries. Employers have the means and opportunity to greatly influence loss time duration with a few simple steps taken prior to the injury. This presentation will provide objective evidence-based tools to facilitate Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW). In response to the expanding needs of the industrial community, Debra Lord opened Job Ready Services, LLC in April, 2006, specializing in industrial services to employers, injured workers, and the workers’ compensation community.
March 18 in Raleigh or via Webinar; March 19 in Greensboro (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
HIPAA – Rules of the Game
Speakers: Joseph B. Adams, H. Lee Evans, Jr., and D. Elizabeth Tanner of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog
Although HIPAA in the new age is all about electronic data and the snazzy new ways that we can ensure our organizations are protecting private health information, it is important to remember the basic definitions and rules of the game. Understanding what the law protects and to whom it actually applies is the first step in gaining a clear understanding of why it is so important to your organization or whether you should be concerned about this law for your group. In 2013, the US Department of Health and Human Services dramatically expanded the obligations of businesses to ensure the security and privacy of protected health information (“PHI”). Under the new system, businesses that create, maintain, or transmit PHI in connection with HIPAA covered organizations are subject to liability under HIPAA for violations of federal security rules and for most parts of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. During this seminar, you will learn about the scope of these new obligations and strategies for organizations to ensure full compliance with all applicable new rules. We will also discuss the unexpected curveballs that can arise with HIPAA that often crop up in places organizations do not think to consider.
For questions regarding the Ask the Expert series or to offer suggestions for future topics, please contact Reneé Watkins of the CAI Advice & Resolution Team at 919‑878‑9222 or 336‑668‑7746. PowerPoint presentations of each of the Ask the Expert programs are available along with recordings of the programs.