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Worldwide ransomware attack is on the move

A quickly spreading ransomware attack is hitting countries across the world, including the United States.

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GOP data firm causes largest US voter data leak to date

Political data of 198 million US citizens was exposed after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server.

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New expiration for ABN form goes in effect June 21

CMS is implementing mandatory use of the revised ABN form on June 21 with the newly incorporated March 2020 expiration date.

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DOJ hits eClinicalWorks hard with $155 million settlement

Last week, eClinicalWork, a prominet ambulatory EHR vendor (who also just released their inpatient product), will pay $155 million as a result of a lawsuit settlement with the Department of Justice. The allegations include false representation of the product’s capabilities during ONC testing, as well as paying customers to use the software – violations of…

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Use extreme caution in WannaCry Ransomware Attack

The largest cyberattack in history is hitting the U.S. today. Last week, multiple countries around the world reported falling victim to the WannaCry ransomware attack. Numerous hospitals and healthcare information systems were impacted.

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Google Docs used in latest phishing attack

A widespread phishing attack using Google Docs is currently hitting inboxes. This is a good time to be extra cautious about clicking links.

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Survey finds 68% healthcare employees will share sensitive info

Results from a recent survey reveal that 68% of healthcare employees occasionally share confidential or regulated data.

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Health data breaches rise significantly in March

The number of health data breaches for March was more than January and February combined.

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FBI warns of cyber attacks on FTP servers in healthcare

An FBI alert warns the healthcare sector that cyber criminals have stepped up attacks targeting their FTP servers.

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HIPAA settlement proves value of audit controls

Having policies and procedures in place is good, as long as you have audit controls to ensure they’re implemented, unlike this Florida healthcare system.

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CMS extends Medicare EHR attestation deadline

Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program – widely referred to as Meaningful Use – have a little more time to attest to requirements.

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PrivaPlan partner QVH Systems releases MIPS Navigator™ 

PrivaPlan partner QVH Systems recently released a new software solution called MIPS Navigator to help physicians and other health professionals achieve success under Medicare’s new merit-based incentive payment system.

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Hospital’s fate warns of tax season scams

On January 25, it was discovered that the tax information of 1,457 hospital employees had fallen into a scammer’s hands in one of the latest W-2 business email compromise attacks.

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Phishing campaign uses PDF attachments

The SANS Internet Storm Center warns about an active phishing campaign that utilizes PDF attachments to harvest email credentials from victims.

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Patient behind breach using hospital library laptop

The New Hampshire DHHS says a former patient is behind a breach that began on a laptop in the hospital library, affecting approximately 15,000 patients.

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Hack of Quest Diagnostics affects 34k people

Quest Diagnostics Inc. is investigating a hack into an internet application on its network that exposed the PHI of about 34,000 people.

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Beware of images posted in Facebook Messenger

Clicking on images in Facebook Messenger could unleash a devastating ransomware attack on your organization.

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Be on the alert for App ID Theft

Want to give personal information to a scammer this holiday season? There’s an app for that. Actually, there are hundreds of apps for that and many are masquerading as legitimate retailers.

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Latest HIPAA settlement proves why managing security risk is critical

St. Joseph Health will pay $2.14 million for HIPAA violations, serving as an unfortunate example of why managing security risk is critical.

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OCR releases guidance on Cloud Computing and HIPAA

The OCR released a guidance on October 6 that attempts to clear things up regarding cloud service providers and HIPAA.

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Latest HIPAA settlement shows importance of up-to-date BA agreements

On Sept. 23, 2016, the OCR announced its second HIPAA enforcement action against a business associate to the tune of $400,000. The hospital had previously entered into a settlement of $150,000 for its part in the breach.

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Join Oct. 12 webcast: BAs, HIPAA Risk Management

More and more, HIPAA breaches are caused by the Business Associates of HIPAA covered entities. Learn how to manage these risks in Oct. 12 webcast.

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OCR is stepping up its investigations of smaller breaches

The OCR has begun an initiative to more widely investigate the root causes of smaller breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals.

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Data breach at Banner Health affects 3.7 million

News of a massive data breach at Banner Health continues to make headlines since first being announced Aug. 3.

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OCR Desk Audits are beginning

This week selected covered entities began receiving notification letters for Phase Two of OCR’s HIPAA audit program which involve desk audits.