PrivaPlan Blog Posts
Do you understand what PHI is?
An apparent lack of understanding of what defines Protected Health Information (PHI) has cost one hospital system $2.175 million in fines to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Unencrypted mobile devices lead to $3 million HIPAA settlement
One lost flash drive and one stolen laptop are costing one hospital system $3 million because both mobile devices were not encrypted.
HHS releases proposal to overhaul patient privacy rules for addiction treatment
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes late last week to the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of patient records created by federally-assisted substance use disorder treatment programs, known as 42 CFR Part 2. Drafted in 1975, 42 CFR Part 2 was designed to protect patient records created by federally-assisted programs…
Are your Business Associates protecting your patient data?
This week, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), the billing collections vendor for both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, reported to both companies that the data of nearly 20 million customers may have been compromised.
HHS reduces maximum civil penalties for HIPAA violations
The HHS published a Notification of Enforcement Discretion Regarding HIPAA Civil Money Penalties that changes the interpretation of fines for violations defined under the HITECH Act, effectively reducing some of the annual limits.
Email breaches in three states expose protected health information
Three email system breaches in three states exposed protected health information and each healthcare entity is stepping up efforts so it won't happen again.
Payroll phishing scam targets university employees
Three university personnel began the new year without paychecks after falling victim to a payroll phishing scam.
Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center opens
The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center underscores HHS’ commitment to support and improve the health sector’s cybersecurity defenses.
PrivaPlan advises rural health care staff to train, train and retrain
Train, train and retrain is at the top of PrivaPlan’s list of practical solutions for being HIPAA compliant.
PrivaPlan HIPAA Certification Program promotes culture of compliance
PrivaPlan’s HIPAA Certification Program is giving healthcare professionals access to what had once been next to impossible to find: a one-stop shop to become a certified HIPAA expert.
HHS waives HIPAA sanctions and penalties for hurricane-affected hospitals
As Hurricane Florence continues its destructive path, hospitals affected by the storm have been given the go ahead to break certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report Shows Healthcare Suffers Most Breaches
Can you hear me now? Verizon reports that the healthcare industry had more breaches than any other industry in 2017. In the recently released 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) by Verizon, Personally Identifiable Information and Protected Health Information were shown to be the most common types of data compromised overall, even more than payment…
Judge rules in favor of OCR, orders cancer center to pay $4.3 for HIPAA violations
A HHS Administrative Law Judge has ruled that MD Anderson violated HIPAA and is requiring the Texas cancer center to pay $4.3 million in penalties to the OCR.
World’s worst criminal phishing botnet gets trickier
The notorious Necurs botnet has upped its crime game by adopting a retro trick to make itself more evasive and less likely to having its phishing intercepted by your filters.
Hacking group targets healthcare industry worldwide
Cybersecurity firm Symantec announced this week that a hacking group called Orangeworm appears to have been targeting the healthcare industry in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Vendor email attachments could be phishing bait
One of the latest reported email phishing schemes is very hard to beat and it always includes an attachment. What can you do about it?
HIMSS survey shows significant security incidents
The annual HIMSS cybersecurity survey released March 8 revealed that nearly 76 percent of health information security professionals believe their organizations experienced a significant security incident in the past 12 months.
Latest phishing scams target payroll direct deposits
Scammers are cashing in on company paydays much to the chagrin of employees who had a lapse in judgment and shared their log-in credentials. Warn your employees NOW about this latest phishing scam involving payroll portals.
W-2 phishing season is here…again
As the tax season gets underway, you can bet that cyber criminals are doing their tax preparations for W-2 phishing; they’re preparing to dupe hundreds of payroll and HR departments into providing W-2 data on their employees.
Phishing scam exposes PHI of patients at Colorado Mental Health Institute
As the year comes to an end, there appears to be no end in sight for healthcare data hacks. An employee at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo recently fell for a phishing scam that potentially exposed the PHI of 650 patients.
Will a Federal Data Security and Breach Notification Act finally get passed?
Three Democratic Senators re-introduced a Data Security and Breach Notification Act on Thursday that has failed to get legislative approval since 2015.
Protect your data: 10 tips for online shopping
The National Retail Foundation says that 78 million people plan to do online shopping on Cyber Monday. No doubt a good number of those will do that at work.
New HIPAA guidance released in opioid crisis
Responding to the opioid crisis, the OCR explains when and how healthcare providers can share a patient’s health information without violating HIPAA.
Our experts talk security with rural health care group
David Ginsberg talked about cyber security during one of the three sessions he led at the Colorado Rural Health Care Annual Rural Health Conference this week.
Expect phishing attacks to follow Equifax hack
With news that cyber criminals stole 143 million credit records in a hacking scandal at Equifax, highly targeted spear phishing attacks are expected.