Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Immunization Changes Making Waves Across the Country

Posted by Christina Trimis on Nov 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

“Today in the United States, people rarely die from vaccine-preventable diseases. A way of achieving this was to have compulsory immunization requirements for school attendance” (Hedden et al., 2014).

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Topics: SMR Health Trends Regulations & Legislation Compliance Immunizations Technology School Nurses Work Smarter, Not Harder

HIPAA & FERPA: What they are, and how they apply

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 19, 2015 2:11:44 PM

We're frequently asked about HIPAA and FERPA and how they apply to our schools. We're not experts, so we asked an expert to share insight with us. And that's exactly what Karen Gregory, Director of Compliance and Education at Total Medical Compliance (TMC) did for us in a webinar. Below are the basics of HIPAA and FERPA, taken from Karen's presentation. We'll go briefly into what each law is, and how they each apply to schools and student records.

This is not legal advice, nor is it intended as legal advice.

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Topics: Regulations & Legislation School Nurses

Janet's Law supported by new CPR requirement for high school students

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 4, 2015 8:47:00 AM

New Jersey became the 19th state to pass a law requiring high school students to learn CPR and how to use defibrillators in order to graduate. The law takes effect for the graduating class of 2019, and supports Janet's Law - existing legislation requiring schools to have an AED on school property. Both laws were put in place to save lives.

For details on the new law, check out these resources: 

In total, 20 states have with similar CPR legislation, including: Washington, Idaho, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Albama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware (most recent), New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Minnessota, and Iowa.

Find out where your state stands on CPR legislation in this American Heart Association interactive map.


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Topics: Emergencies Health Trends Regulations & Legislation School Nurses

School liability and student health information Q&A

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jan 21, 2015 12:01:43 PM

Chas-Scarantino-landing-pageTo limit your school’s liability risks, you must protect students from all kinds of safety threats. It’s important to not only be prepared for the obvious and established threats, but also for the emerging threats that could catch you off-guard. One of those emerging threats relates to the management of student health information. To dig a little deeper into this topic, we did a brief Q&A with our CEO, Chas Scarantino.

Q: What types of student health information are schools managing today?

A: Schools have to manage any medical information required for healthcare and treatment, concussions, enrollment, or attendance purposes. Data on immunizations, sports physical data, consent to dispense prescription or over the counter medication, consent to treat, action plans, and health history are just a few of the many types of health information that schools may be managing. Nearly all of this information is private information, and as such, it presents liability for a school if it is handled incorrectly.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Emergencies Regulations & Legislation

Concussion prevention and response: High school winter sports

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Dec 4, 2014 11:49:00 AM

concussion_manAs high school winter sport athletes are bundling up to train through the coldest months of the year there is one topic in the back of parents' and coaches' minds: Concussions. And while statistics and news surrounding the lasting effects of concussions are usually referenced in football, concussion safety matters in every sport - especially winter sports such as ice hockey, basketball, and wrestling. The fact of the matter is that concussions can happen to any athlete, at any time, and they actually affect athletes in winter sports more than any other season.

That's why we've provided four steps to approaching concussions during high school winter sports so everyone can stay as safe as possible. While the focus here is on preventing concussions, it's quite possible that a TBI (traumatic brain injury) may still occur which is why concussion treatment techniques are included below. By following medical guidelines for concussion prevention, diagnoses, and treatment, you can be a part of the growing movement to reduce concussions in sports everywhere.

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Topics: Athletics Regulations & Legislation School Nurses

School nurse liability: 7 Must-know legal facts

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Apr 17, 2014 9:34:00 AM

admin_justice_scales_smaller_croppedRecently, the National Assoctiation of School Nurses (NASN) published the results from their Annual School Nurse survey. In it, data showed that school nurses are eager to learn more about legal issues and how they affect school nurses. So, we did a little bit of research and came up with the top seven must-know legal facts for school nurses. Without further adieu, here they are...

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Regulations & Legislation School Nurses

What does the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act mean?

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jan 16, 2014 8:37:00 AM

In 2011 Adrian Peterson, a rather well-known Pro-Bowler and Minnesota Vikings running back, ate a couple bowls of gumbo and 15 minutes later, his eyes began to itch, his throat began to close, and he could barely breathe. He was experiencing anaphylactic shock. Thankfully, the team trainer quickly arrived and injected Peterson with an EpiPen. After being rushed to the hospital, it was determined that Peterson has a shellfish allergy.   
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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Emergencies Health Trends Regulations & Legislation

Resources to comply with TX Meningitis laws

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Dec 12, 2013 8:09:00 AM

Thanks to Nina Gervase, Client Account Advocate, for this blog on resources to comply with TX meningitis law updates. Immunizations

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Topics: Regulations & Legislation

Janet's Law: Implications for School Nurse responsibilities [Guest Post]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Nov 12, 2013 8:54:00 AM

Due to the fact that each year approximately 220,000 persons die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), schools all over the United States are writing and enacting policies to increase SCA survival rate with strategies that will deliver defibrillation earlier than an EMS system. defibrillator

In New Jersey, the bill ensuring that all public schools, which include any of the grades kindergarten through grade 12, make available an automated external defibrillator (AED) on school property is designated "Janet’s Law." This nomenclature is in memory of a student who died of SCA following a cheerleading practice in New Jersey.

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Topics: Emergencies Regulations & Legislation School Nurses Guest Posts

The Intersection of FERPA and HIPAA: Which Rule Applies? (Part 3) [Guest Post]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 30, 2013 8:21:00 AM

This is part 3 of a 3-part series by guest author, Karen Gregory.

In the last two posts we have reviewed how FERPA, and at limited times HIPAA, apply to student records. This last post will review the basic precepts of how the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules protect health information.

The HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, which are part of The Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act, outline protections for specific health information in verbal, written, and electronic format.

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The Privacy Rule establishes certain patient rights of access and the ability of the patient to direct how their health information may be used or disclosed. Additionally the Privacy Rule describes how protected health information may be utilized to provide healthcare services.

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Topics: Regulations & Legislation Compliance Guest Posts