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UMass Will Pay $650,000 to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

November 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a malware infection back in 2013.

October Cybersecurity Report: 35 PHI Incidents, 776K Records Breached

November 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The number of reported healthcare data breaches is down for the second straight month, but October still did see 35 protected health information (PHI) security incidents, totaling 776,533 records breached.

Survey: 82 Percent of Healthcare Orgs Have Comprehensive Mobile Strategy

November 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Some 82 percent of respondent healthcare organizations have a fully implemented mobile strategy, indicating a greater level of maturity compared to commercial enterprises, according to a survey from software provider Red H

Report: Healthcare Industry Workers Lack Basic Cybersecurity Awareness

November 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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While it’s known that the healthcare industry is being targeted by hackers, a new report finds that the industry is lacking in basic security awareness among staff with a heightened risk of attacks through social engineering, according to an analysis by...

Survey: Healthcare Orgs Not Taking Mobile Security Seriously Enough

October 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.

Washington Debrief: OCR Offers Details about Audits; More MACRA Considerations

October 24, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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As more folks sink their teeth into the 2,300 page regulations, more details emerge on the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

St. Joseph Health to Pay $2.14M in HIPAA Settlement

October 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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St. Joseph Health (SJH) has agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA privacy and security rules following reports that files containing sensitive health data were publicly accessible through Internet search engines from 2011 to 2012.

Report: Healthcare Data Breaches Continue at Alarming Pace in Second Half of 2016

October 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare data breaches are continuing at an alarming pace, with the second half of 2016 shaping up to have more breach incidents per month, so far, than in the first half of the year.

Survey: Most Vendors Not Prepared to Comply with Data Protection Standards

October 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Two thirds of healthcare industry vendors report they are not prepared to comply with HITRUST healthcare data protection standards, according to a survey by New York City-based advisory firm KPMG.

OCR Offers Guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Computing

October 7, 2016  |  David Raths
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The Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights has provided guidance around several questions regarding cloud service providers and HIPAA.

OCR: Business Associates Blocking Access to Data are in Violation of HIPAA

October 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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It is an impermissible use of protected health information (PHI) for a business associate to block a healthcare provider’s access to data in order to resolve a payment dispute, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) stated...

HHS Funds “Cooperative Agreements” for Cybersecurity Support

October 4, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded “cooperative agreements” totaling $350,000 with the aim to strengthen the ability of healthcare and public health sector partners to respond to cybersecurity threats.

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